Information Literacy Instruction

Your librarians want you to be an expert at finding and using information—and we can show you how! The library provides research help and instruction informed by the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries. To schedule a workshop or discuss research help options, email mtanner [at] (Martha Tanner), Head of Library Instruction and Reference, or call 402.465.2407.

In-person workshops

Librarians can lead one or more workshops on research skills for your class (in Lincoln or Omaha). Instruction sessions can be built around such learning goals as:

  • Understanding characteristics of academic research/scholarly communication
  • Using research to refine a topic
  • Developing a search strategy
  • Searching databases effectively
  • Advanced and discipline-specific search strategies (e.g., finding systematic reviews, measurement tools, statistics, etc.)
  • Finding and using e-books
  • Finding and using reference materials (subject encyclopedias, bibliographies, indexes, etc.)
  • Finding and using specialized sources (primary sources, government publications, datasets, images)
  • Searching the internet effectively and understanding the "invisible web"
  • Evaluating sources
  • Taking notes/tracking bibliographic information
  • Citing sources (citation tools and formats; copyright, fair use, and intellectual property)
  • Presenting information

So that your students get the most out of the workshop, it’s helpful if you:

  1. Provide us at least two days’ notice so we can tailor the session to your group's needs.
  2. Choose one or two learning goals from the menu to focus on in a one-hour session.
  3. Schedule the workshop at a time in the semester when students can apply what they learn right away.
  4. Attend the session with your class to reinforce concepts and skills.

Ongoing Research Help

In addition to workshops, librarians can provide ongoing research help throughout the semester:

  • One-on-one research consultations with students (in person or via phone or email)
  • Class research days in the library with librarians on call to answer questions
  • Online help in Digication or Blackboard
  • Customized online research guides for a course or topic
  • Consultation on research skills assignments

 My Library Account    

  • Sign in just like WebAdvisor
  • View due dates and fines
  • Renew items
  • Place a Hold on a book for a quick pick up at the Circulation Desk
  • Schedule a reservation for a DVD or book for a class period (Faculty/ Staff only)

Contact or visit us

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Cochrane-Woods Library
5000 Saint Paul Ave.
Lincoln, NE 68504
402.465.2400 FAX 402.465.2189
library [at]