UMGC Library

Library Instruction

What we offer:

Library Research Tutorial

This modular tutorial takes the student through the research process, beginning with how to write a research question. It also includes information on database searching, scholarship, citation, and evaluation. Each of the modules includes learning materials, a video and an interactive quiz. There is also a final assessment quiz at the end that can be emailed to the student, or to the faculty member.

To embed this tutorial into your model classroom, use the following link:

Library Modules or Course Guide

Work with a librarian to create a customized set of modules or a stand-alone, one-page course guide for your classroom. A set of library modules will take the student through the research process and will contain subject-specific information needed to perform successful research for your class. A course guide is a one-page guide that contains information on resources needed for assignments in your class. To request library modules or a course guide, please contact the library liaison for your department.

Library Instruction Session

Beginning in spring 2022, in an effort to reach more students, and streamline processes, the Library will be replacing our typical instruction sections with larger group sessions, tutorials, and enhanced learning materials.   

In the absence of librarian visits, we encourage instructors to help build students’ research skills by requesting library modules or course guides and linking students to library website guides and tutorials, such as the following:  


Request a Library Instruction Session (Fall 2021 only)
As a UMGC faculty member, after discussing with your academic/program director, you can arrange for an online, asynchronous library instruction session via the learning management system and/or face-to-face (within the DC metro area). Online and face-to-face sessions include searching and database selection tips and techniques, critical evaluation of resources, and citation assistance. For online sessions, self-help quizzes are included to provide reinforcement of the materials covered. A question and answer discussion is added to give students a chance to interact with a librarian during the week. The librarian will work with you to tailor this instruction session to meet your instructional content needs.

If your class normally meets face-to-face:
If your class normally meets face-to-face but has switched to online because of the pandemic, please request library instruction using the link above, and we will work with you to accommodate your needs.

When to schedule:
Please note that because of the volume of requests received and the time needed to tailor the instruction content we ask that requests be submitted no later than two weeks before the scheduled session.

For more information:
For more information about this service, please see the library's Faculty Request for Library Instruction Guidelines.

Group Help Webinars

The Library is currently offering Webinars on APA Citation style. If you have suggestions for other topics, please contact us to let us know what you would like to see as a group help topic. 

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