Library Instruction

The Library offers a variety of basic and customized instruction classes that help students learn how to use Library resources and services. Library instruction enhances a student's ability to locate appropriate research materials and improves the quality of academic research for papers and other projects.

To schedule an instruction session, use our online calendar. For more information about Library instruction, contact Emily Bullough at (801) 863-7421.

English 1010/1020

This workshop introduces students to finding books and articles, evaluating sources, and where to get research help. The class session includes practice time and an in-class exercise that reinforces basic information retrieval skills.

English 2010/2020

This information literacy orientation introduces students to basic library research strategies. The presentation demonstrates how to use the Library's catalog and the periodical indexes to find information. During the hands-on experience the librarian helps students use the classroom computers to find books and articles on a specific topic. An in-class exercise is also available to help reinforce information literacy skills.

Library Tutorials

The library offers a self-paced tutorial that teaches the basics of locating information in the library, evaluating information, and citing sources. Faculty may assign students to complete the online tutorials without taking away from regularly scheduled class sessions. If more interaction is desired, librarians could also meet with classes to reinforce the information discussed in the tutorials. We also have a number of video tutorials that can teach students basic library skills and how to use library services.

Course Specific Instruction

Librarians provide customized information skills presentations. Faculty may call the librarians to discuss their session. For best results, we recommend that the skills sessions be geared to a specific assignment. Schedule appointments as far in advance as possible to guarantee your requested date.

Assignment Consultation

Librarians will gladly assist faculty with developing research assignments. For assistance, contact the library liaison for your department or Emily Bullough.

One On One Consulting

Students may receive individual assistance with their research at the reference desk or by making an appointment with a reference librarian.

CLSS 1050 (1 Credit)

CLSS 1050 is a basic library skills course taught by librarians. Students learn the major steps of the research process, locate books, use periodical indexes to find journal articles, search the Internet for high-quality Web sites, prepare a bibliography of significant sources found, and evaluate information.

Library Orientation Games

Created in 2010, the Library's orientation games are a great way to introduce new students to the facility and its services. The UVU Library won the 2012 John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award for these games. 

Get a Clue

During the first three weeks of the fall semester, the Library hosts Get a Clue. This self-directed game asks students to follow a story through the Library, visiting locations described in the various clues. By the end of the game, students will have learned the location of key Library collections and service points. The game takes the average student about half an hour to complete. At the beginning, students receive a game piece that can later be used as proof of completion. 


LibraryCraft is an online self-directed game that guides students through the Library's website and tests their ability to complete basic tasks such as looking up a book, finding an article in a database, and accessing an eBook. It also introduces students to several useful services. The game is available here. At the end of the game, students may print off a certificate of completion.