Research Practices Instruction Program

The Research Practices instruction program at Oxford College Library orients students to the nature and processes of research and critical inquiry. Librarians work with faculty members from all departments across campus to design a library instruction session that is unique to their class and meets instructor-selected Student Learning Outcomes. Consult the Teaching Information Literacy at Oxford guide for examples of active learning activities that can be incorporated in a session.

In addition to giving in-class sessions, we can assist you with:

  • Designing a successful research assignment
  • Incorporating information literacy principles throughout the semester to improve assignment quality

View Our Assessment Plan to learn how we measure the success of each session and the instruction program. To schedule a library instruction session for your class, fill out the Library Instruction Request Form. For more information about the Research Practices program, contact your Personal Librarian.

Fact Facts

  • 95% of the students who responded to the 2019 MISO survey (39%) were satisfied with library instruction
  • 100% of the faculty who responded to the 2019 MISO survey (78%) were satisfied with library instruction

In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Research Practices team:

  • Taught 181 library instruction classes
  • Embedded teaching librarians in the eight pilot Discovery Seminars in the fall
  • Worked with Dr. Gwendolynne Reid’s discovery seminar students to create an online archive of personal digital history
  • Participated in the MISO Survey administered by Bryn Mawr College to assess library and information technology services for students and faculty
  • Published “A Team-Based Approach to Teaching Information Literacy to First-Year and Second-Year Students,” a book chapter in the ACRL publication Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts
  • Hosted an in-class Art + Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for students in Art 102
  • Hosted LibCon, an interactive orientation event for students to learn about library resources and services
  • Collaborated with Sarah Morris on the development of the Emory Libraries’ instruction program and participated in the newly formed Instruction Steering Committee