Library Instruction

The Library offers a variety of basic and customized instruction classes that help students develop the information literacy skills needed to use Library resources and services effectively. Library instruction enhances a student's ability to locate appropriate research materials and improves the quality of academic research for papers and other projects. Information literacy is an Essential Learning Outcome for the university that Library instruction supports.

To schedule an instruction session, use our online scheduling software. Library instruction is most successful when the students come to the session shortly before beginning a research assignment and prepared with topics. For more information about Library instruction or for help with scheduling, contact Emily Bullough at or (801) 863-7421.

English 1010

This information literacy workshop introduces students to choosing research topics, selecting keywords, finding books and articles using the Library’s OneSearch database, 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 focuses on identifying keywords for their research topic and evaluating sources, and demonstrates how to use the Library's OneSearch database 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 Basic Library Research Tutorial that teaches the basics of locating information in the library, evaluating information, and citing sources. Faculty may assign students to complete a tutorial before attending a library instruction workshop, in order to introduce students to basic research concepts in advance of working with a librarian and reinforce the concepts discussed in class. Faculty may also choose to assign students to complete the online tutorials without taking away from regularly scheduled class sessions. We also have a number of video tutorials that teach students basic library skills and how to use library services.

Course Specific Instruction

Librarians provide customized information literacy skills presentations for classes that include a research component. Faculty may contact the library liaison for their department to discuss their session, or contact Emily Bullough at or (801) 863-7421. 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, faculty may contact the library liaison for their department or contact Emily Bullough at or (801) 863-7421.

One On One Consulting

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

SLSS 1050 (1 Credit Class)

SLSS 1050 is a basic library skills course taught by librarians. Students learn the major steps of the research process, locate books, use databases to find journal articles, search the Internet for high-quality Websites, prepare an annotated bibliography of significant sources found, and evaluate information. The class is taught both face-to-face and online.

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

The Library hosts Get a Clue starting the first day of fall semester through September 30. 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 30 minutes to complete. The game begins at the Reference Desk on the Library’s first floor, where 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.

Contact Us

Emily Bullough
(801) 863-7421
LI 409


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