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Instruction at the ODU Libraries

Library Instruction

Our instruction team is here to support you and your students with learning information literacy concepts and research.

For introductory level courses with less-intense research assignments, we provide:

  • A variety of online support and self-directed learning opportunities (Course Guides, the Research Fundamentals TutorialOne-Minute Videos)
  • Assistance with assignment development or mapping assignments to our support materials
  • Ready-assignments that you can adapt to meet the needs of your class
  • An in-person instruction session in which students complete a physical and virtual treasure hunt of Perry Library (subject to scheduling availability)
  • An assignment-based, in-person instruction session customized to a particular research assignment

For our Information Literacy General Education Courses, we can provide:

  • The Information Literacy Tutorials (via Blackboard enrollment)
  • Assistance with assignment development and mapping assignments to the tutorials and other library resources
  • A "train the trainer" workshop in which we can train your GTAs and faculty in showing their classes how to use library-specific resources to support assignments
  • An assignment-based, in-person instruction session customized to a particular research assignment
  • Networking opportunities for faculty to gain ideas and inspiration on teaching information literacy from us and from each other

For courses with a strong research component, we provide in-person and online synchronous and asynchronous library instruction. Courses that commonly need this type of instruction include: 

  • English Composition Courses
  • Writing-Intensive Courses (300-400 level "W" courses)
  • Courses with a research component or learning objective related to the ODU Libraries
  • Graduate level courses

Your librarian will work with you to design a session that is tailored to meet the needs of your class, based on the specific research assignment. Our sessions often include:

  • Pre-work for students to complete prior to the session, so your librarian can focus on content and not website logistics
  • Interactive, hands-on activities related to the research assignment
  • In-class assessment
  • Follow-up from your librarian

In-person instruction can take place in a number of locations, including:

  • Perry Library, Room 1306
  • at Hofheimer Art Library
  • at the Special Collections & University Archives (Perry Library, 3rd Floor)
  • In your classroom, or a computer lab in your College
  • Via Zoom
  • At the Virginia Beach Higher Ed Center or other satellite locations in Hampton Roads

Our Policies:

  • Instruction requests should be made 2-weeks or more prior to the requested date
  • Professors should plan to attend and participate in the session.
  • Timing of instruction should be when students are beginning to work on the assignment, or at the ideal time to reach them at the point of need (we can help you determine this if you are not sure)
  • In-person instruction is assignment-based, and reserved for courses with research assignments or courses with learning objectives related to the ODU Libraries

What to Expect:

  • The librarian assigned to the course will contact you in a timely manner to ask for assignment details and communicate about plans for the session
  • We will follow-up with you after the session with any student assessments and to find out how it can be improved in the future

Types of Online Support:

  • Research Fundamentals is a tutorial that you can require your students to complete that will give them a refresher on research basics. The Quiz is completed at the end of the tutorial, and students must get all answers correct prior to receiving a completion message. You can request to receive an automatic email when a student completes the quiz. To add your name to the quiz, email
  • Course Guides are useful for courses that have a unique research assignment that is not addressed in our other Subject Guides. Contact your Subject librarian if you are interested in having a course guide designed for your class. Course guides are great when a link is provided via Blackboard on the course homepage where students can find it at the point of need.
  • Short Videos The Librarians at the ODU Libraries have created a number of short videos that explain information literacy concepts or how to complete a specific type of research. Pointing your students to these can be a great way to help them with completing assignment components.
  • Library Guides We have designed over 100 guides on specific topics or subjects that you and your students can use for research support. They are embedded with videos, presentations, useful search tips, and more. Check out our guides and provide the most relevant links to your students. Don't see what you need? Let us know, and we will be happy to create it for you!

To request online support, contact your Subject Librarian. Don't know who to contact? Email Lucinda Rush, for help.

Our Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) librarians are happy to teach in the SCUA at Perry Library for classes that need to engage with our primary resource collections. Our collections are rich in Tidewater Regional Resources, materials pertaining to the desegregation of Virginia education, ODU history, and more!