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Faculty Library Services

Library Orientation and Instruction

Librarians arrange library orientation or Library Research Workshops as required by faculty. These sessions highlight library resources that students may find useful to complete their research and assignments. Faculty are asked to book their sessions as far in advance as possible to ensure Librarian availability.

Library Research Workshops are designed to meet the needs of specific research assignments. We find that students are most receptive to library instruction, and benefit the most, when the instruction is tied to a particular assignment or research question. Customized for the assignment, workshops will cover the topics as appropriate.

Librarians are happy to meet with faculty to discuss how an assignment can be tied to meaningful library research. Developing good library research skills (which includes the ability to: define what information is needed, locate information, evaluate information critically, use it effectively, and cite it responsibly) does not require that students write a research paper. Many alternative research assignments will introduce students to discipline-specific library research and, as an added bonus, do not invite plagiarism.

Librarians encourage the presence of faculty at workshops. Please send a copy of the assignment students will be working on so that we may design a session that will benefit your class.

The Library also offers a credit course LIBR 2100: Library Research. See the Undergraduate Calendar for more information.

Individual or Small Group Research Appointments

Meet for advice on defining your topic, developing your research strategy, or locating and using subject-specific sources. 

Research Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. 

Online Research Appointments

Online appointments will be held on Microsoft Teams or BB Collaborate. You will receive a link to your appointment before the appointment is to begin.

On-Campus Research Appointments

Please check in at the Library front desk no more than 5 minutes before your appointment is to begin. This is not a drop-in service.

 

If you need to make a short notice on-campus appointment cancellation, please contact us at library@msvu.ca, or call 902-457-6250.