Consider placing this language in your syllabus to direct students to our go-to help resource:
Click “Ask Us” on the library homepage at library.stthom.edu to contact reference librarians or to get instant answers to frequently-asked questions. Librarians are available to help you with research, citation, and library use questions though email, phone, chat, text and in person. Get the best information and speed up your research at Doherty Library.
Doherty Library Instruction Opportunities
Instruction in the use of the library is available in several formats, both in person and online. Review the list below for ideas in requesting instruction. Contact a librarian to discuss these or other options.
- Library Session (in person): These sessions are usually held in Doherty classroom 008 but can take place in your own classroom. We discuss goals with the instructor beforehand to maximize the session's relevance. We are flexible in terms of time and content, but please call ahead to allow for preparation and avoid conflicts. You can also expand the session's value with a homework assignment or tutorial.
- Library Session (online): The library has some capacity to perform live online sessions using free webconferencing software. These classes are only recommended for off-campus students since technical difficulties may hamper some users. Content is comparable to the in-person sessions.
- Research Guides: Your subject may already have a Research Guide available at http://campusguides.stthom.edu. If not, you can request one from a reference librarian or even make one yourself (see http://campusguides.stthom.edu/Creating).
- Online Tutorials: If your students only need to learn a specific search skill, consider asking us to locate or create an online library tutorial. These videos or sets of written instructions can be embedded in Research Guides, linked from Blackboard, or placed in our Ask Us system for easy retrieval through our question box (see http://askus.stthom.edu).
- Embedding a Librarian: Embedded librarian collaborations have the potential to strengthen student performance at multiple points in the research process. Librarians can schedule meetings with students, give assignments, teach multiple sessions, and assess student learning. Extensive collaboration with the instructor is required for this option.
The tutorial, "Plagiarism and Academic Integrity at UST," shows students UST's plagiarism policies, the importance of academic integrity, and the basics of saving citation information and using sources in papers. The tutorial contains a quiz; students who pass the quiz (70%) are able to fill in and print a certificate of completion for the tutorial. Students should be allowed to keep this certificate, since they may be assigned this tutorial in multiple classes.
Students must use a computer with Adobe Flash Player to access the tutorial (no iPads), and should use a computer with a printer attached. Adobe Flash Player is available for free at get.adobe.com/flashplayer.
Address any questions or comments on the tutorial to Joe Goetz at firstname.lastname@example.org. A link to a feedback survey is also supplied after the certificate slide.
To assign the tutorial, supply the link below to students.