The Stony Brook University Libraries instruction program nurtures and develops critical thinking skills for the university community, skills that are applicable inside and outside the academic environment. We create and sustain best practices in assessment, pedagogy, and emerging technologies that elevate our services and enhance information literacy. We act as an essential partner in the research and learning activities and initiatives of the university.

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Overview of Instruction Services

Librarians work with you to design activities, assignments, and materials that motivate students to engage in the research process with confidence. Instruction takes place in the library, in your classroom, and online. Use of student-centered learning strategies such as small group work, discussions, and flipped models empower students to be stakeholders in their own learning.

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Options for instruction include:

  • In-person instruction within Library Lab A or B, North Reading Room Learning Lab, Special Collections, Center for Digital Humanities, CELT’s active learning classrooms, or your own classroom
  • Online instruction, whether synchronous or asynchronous, using Zoom, screencasts, Blackboard discussion boards, and other methods
  • Content that meets the CER and ESI learning objectives of the Stony Brook Curriculum
  • Discipline-specific resources and research techniques
  • Embedded services including custom-designed research assignments, course guides, handouts, and in-class discussions designed to meet your course’s learning objectives
  • Workshops, both online and in-person, that students can attend outside of class. Check for the latest schedule.

Topics Covered

We will work with you to customize instruction, but common topics include:

  • Databases and search strategies
  • Analyzing sources in a variety of different formats
  • Primary sources
  • Citation styles
  • Digital humanities
  • Researching in Special Collections
  • Understanding and avoiding plagiarism
  • Public domain, copyright, fair use, and open access
  • Information literacy: digital literacy, metaliteracy, news literacy, visual literacy
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