University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Library Instruction

Nash Library offers several levels of library instruction as described below. Since each class builds upon the previous one, attendees are encouraged, but not required, to take the classes in order. Several sessions are available for each class. 

Class I: Introduction to Nash Library (There are no classes scheduled at this time. Please check back in August 2017.)

In this class, attendees will learn how to:

  • Use the Nash Library website
    1. Create a personal account on library catalog
    2. Submit an interlibrary loan request
    3. Find electronic and print reserves
    4. Locate and use LEO Research Guides
    5. Access and search electronic resources
  • Use the library catalog to determine which books, DVDs, periodicals, etc. are held by Nash Library
  • Use WorldCat to determine which books, DVDs, periodicals, etc. are held by other libraries
  • Understand the two classification systems used at Nash Library
    1. Library of Congress
    2. Dewey Decimal System

Attendees will also tour the library to learn about the:

  • stacks and how to locate materials in them
  • various study spaces
  • tutoring centers
  • computer lab, printers, copiers, and scanner 

Class II: Understanding and Using Information (There are no classes scheduled at this time. Please check back in January 2017.)

Upon completion of this class, attendees will:

  1. Know how information is formally and informally produced, organized, and disseminated
  2. Recognize that knowledge can be organized into disciplines that influence the way information is accessed
  3. Identify the value and differences of potential resources in a variety of formats (e.g., multimedia, database, website, data set, audio/visual, book)
  4. Identify the purpose and audience of potential resources (e.g., popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical)
  5. Differentiate between primary and secondary sources, recognizing how their use and importance vary with each discipline
  6. Realize that information may need to be constructed with raw data from primary sources

Class III: Finding online articles, books, and other resources (There are no classes scheduled at this time. Please check back in January 2017.)

During this class, attendees will:

  1. Create personal account(s) in database(s) for storing information
  2. Identify keywords, synonyms, and related terms for the information needed
  3. Select appropriate database(s) for a search
    • Nash resources
    • Google Scholar
    • Public domain materials
    • Open access materials
    • Fee-based materials
  4. Construct a search strategy using appropriate commands for the information retrieval system selected (e.g., Boolean operators, truncation, and proximity for search engines; internal organizers such as indexes for books)

Class IV: Evaluating information (See dates and register)

Upon completing this class, attendees will know how to:

  1. Examine and compare information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias
  2. Analyze the structure and logic of supporting arguments or methods
  3. Recognize prejudice, deception, or manipulation
  4. Recognize the cultural, physical, or other context within which the information was created and understand the impact of context on interpreting the information

Using Primary Sources (Manuscript focus) - (There are no classes scheduled at this time. Please check back in January 2017.)

Upon completing this class, attendees will know how to:

  1. Identify available primary sources created at the time of a specific historical event or question.
  2. Identify strategies for finding different types of primary sources.
  3. Identify and use the most efficient format of a source, based on the research need.
  4. Understand the socio-economic and legal issues that relate to the availability and use of digitized primary sources.
  5. Apply critical thinking and analysis skills to primary sources.

Using Primary Sources (Photograph focus) - (There are no classes scheduled at this time. Please check back in January 2017.)

Upon completing this class, attendees will know how to

  1. Identify available photographs created at the time of a specific historical event or question.
  2. Identify strategies for finding different types of photographs.
  3. Understand the socio-economic and legal issues that relate to the availability and use of photographs.
  4. Apply critical thinking and analysis skills to photographs.

Using Zotero for Managing Citations - (There are no classes scheduled at this time. Please check back in January 2017.)

Zotero is a free, open-source reference management program that manages bibliographic citations and other research materials (e.g., PDF documents). It helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies, as well as integration with the word processors Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org Writer and NeoOffice.