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Graduate Library Orientation

Welcome (back, for some!) to the University of Memphis' University Libraries! This Research Guide will assist you in learning what the Libraries have to offer you!

Course Reserves

If you wish to place materials on reserve for you class, please follow these instructions. Please make special note of the copyright guidelines, especially as it also pertains to any material you may post to eCourseware for students to use.

Request a Library Instruction Session

Before you schedule:

  • Instructional sessions are most effective when tied to a specific assignment. Assignments allow the students to apply the concepts directly, and make the instructional session more worthwhile. Librarians can collaborate with instructors to develop assignments that meet information literacy objectives.

  • Make students aware of the assignment ahead of time. Students are more likely to come prepared for a Libraries instructional session if they understand the objective of the session and how it is tied to their coursework.

  • Faculty attendance at course-integrated instruction is essential. Not only does it create better collaboration between Libraries and teaching faculty, it demonstrates that mutual participation in the session is important to the instructor.

  • Library instruction should be arranged as early as possible to avoid scheduling conflicts. Due to staffing constraints, we require a two week notice for instruction.

  • Plan your library instructional session as close to the time of need as possible. The session will be more meaningful for students if they can apply what they learn immediately. General introductions to library resources/research do not have a lasting impact for students. The most successful instructional sessions are followed by activities that reinforce information literacy skills.