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Library Instruction


Types of Sessions & Workshops

We provide a wide variety of workshops and instruction sessions, and can work with faculty or students to create customized sessions, including synchronous and asynchronous online instruction. Below are some sample workshops and instruction sessions. Whether you need one of the workshops below or instruction on library tools other than what is shown here, please contact your Subject Librarian or FWS Instructor.

Types of classes

Introduction to Library Resources

Librarians work closely with students to introduce a variety of resources and services, especially useful for students new to the university.

Subject-Related Instruction

Overviews of discipline-specific collections and research practices, working in conjunction with faculty requests.

Technology-Related Instruction

Introduces students to new technologies that can help with research. 

Assignment-based Instruction

Librarians collaborate with faculty to match library instruction to specific course objectives, such as providing specific research tools and suggestions based on research assignments. May span more than one class period.

Our goal is to enhance a student's understanding of the research process by introducing them to the resources, tools, and methodologies needed to be successful in their courses. We aim to work with faculty to develop sessions tailored to meet the needs of a specific course or class. We welcome feedback and recommendations for future instructional topics.

Burns Library Instruction Support

Find out more about active learning instruction sessions with primary sources and historical materials and request sessions with Burns Library special collections. 

Digital Scholarship

Our Digital Scholarship Group works in conjunction with subject liaisons in meeting the needs of faculty and students who are engaged in digital scholarship activities. We can create custom workshops, classroom instruction, and partner on assignment, student project, and course design.

The group’s many areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, data management and visualization, metadata creation, GIS, 3D modeling, website and digital exhibit creation, digital publishing, and text analysis. For more information about Digital Scholarship Group services, visit To request class instruction or assistance with curriculum design, please complete our Class Instruction Request form.

Core Library Skills

Searching Tips

Unlock the secrets of how to find books, videos, journals, and other materials quickly and efficiently, whether you're starting with titles, authors, or vague topic ideas.

Citation: Who, What, When, Where, Why

Citation can be a troublesome process, with its seemingly endless lists of rules and variations. Learn universal concepts underlying all citation, efficient processes for tracking and managing resources, and how to find answers to questions like, "In APA, how do I cite a quotation to blog post without a clear author or page numbers?"

Consider sharing the Library Core Skills Tutorials with your students before your instruction session. Tutorials include basic and advanced searching skills, as well as a three-part citation series. All tutorial videos can be easily embedded in your Canvas course.

First Year Writing Seminar (FWS) Instruction

The First-year Writing Seminars (FWS) Library Instruction is a crucial element of the BC Libraries instruction program. We aim to provide in-class library instruction for every section of FWS, and we have a team of instruction librarians dedicated to this task. Where possible, we like to meet with FWS faculty in advance of the instruction session to discuss what will be covered, and develop custom instruction sessions that directly address course assignments. You can see our extensive FWS guide for more information, or contact one of our FWS instructors to get started. We work closely with the FWS program to ensure students develop core library skills early on in their time at BC. 

Citation Management Tools

We can provide instruction on various citation management tools including Zotero. Zotero is a tool that helps you to collectmanage, and cite your references. Using Zotero you can attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.