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Library Instruction

Library instruction, also known as information literacy or Bibliographic Instruction, BI, is an important part of the library's mission. Developing the skills needed to locate, evaluate and effectively incorporate new information is a life-long challenge and an important part of the education experience.

Library Instruction works well when presented in conjunction with a specific assignment so that the librarian can focus the instruction on particular sources, abstracts, indexes, electronic resources, and other types of informational materials that are used in the research and writing process. Library instruction is offered as part of the FYS101 Seminar in Critical Thinking class and in any other courses. The library will offer sessions to help students refine research skills or introduce a new resource.

How do I schedule a Library Information class?

Contact Joel Langford, Director of Library Services, at 770-720-5585 or by e-mail at

What might be included in a Library Instruction, or BI session?

BIs last 40 to 50 minutes and typically include a PowerPoint and/or live/hands-on demonstration. Time is allotted afterwards for some practice work and some one-on-one instruction.

Some segments may be:

  • Basic Library Information
  • Navigating the Library Homepage
  • Finding Books and Articles
  • Printing, Remote Access
  • Organizing Research
  • Choosing a Topic
  • Advanced Searching of Databases
  • Resources Specific to an Assignment
  • Boolean Searching
  • Best Resources and Tools for Specific Topics
  • Evaluating Information
  • Scholarly or Popular Periodicals
  • Primary or Secondary Sources
  • The Web vs, Peer Reviewed Sources
  • Using Information Ethically
  • Plagiarism
  • Citing Sources
  • Copyright Issues