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 Ben Wilson at (801) 863-8423.
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.
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.
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.
Librarians will gladly assist faculty with developing research assignments. For assistance,
contact the library liaison for your department
or Ben Wilson.
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.
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.
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.