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Library Instruction @ Dalhousie Libraries

A guide to library workshops and help venues.

Booking a Research Session

The following sections contain examples of the different types of research sessions we can provide for you and your students.

Here are some options, tailored to your course:

  • In-class instruction. Please contact your subject librarian. You can find your subject librarian here.
  • Request a customized online tutorial or Research Guide. If your students have a specific research need that you feel would benefit from an online tutorial or dedicated course Research Guide, please contact your subject specialist.
  • Handouts. Handouts are created as needed and as requested. If you would like a handout created on a certain topic, please contact your subject specialist. Handouts can be made available in print or online.

Getting Started

Introduction to the library: Who, where, why?

  • Ideal for new and first-year students in undergraduate or graduate programs, these sessions provide an overview of the wide variety of services available at Dalhousie Libraries.

Creating a research plan

  • Students will create a plan to identify their information need, map different sources to their research question, use recursive searching techniques, and develop strategies for logging and retrieving information.

Library Skills: Searching & Discovery

Finding articles in databases

  • Students will learn how to construct search strategies and find articles with Dal Libraries' subject-specific and multi-disciplinary databases. Searching activities and recommended databases are tailored to specific projects and disciplines.

Finding & using books & ebooks

  • Students will learn how to find and access/borrow physical and electronic books in the Dalhousie Libaries' collections.

Train the trainer sessions: Library instruction for the TAs

  • TAs are natural support contacts for many students. Research sessions focused on TAs will help them understand how to best assist students with common research queries.

All About Sources

Open Access

  • Students will recognize the financial focus driving the availability of information, and will learn how/where to find free scholarly alternatives and participate in the Open Access movement.

Evaluating web sources

  • Students will be able to assess resources for authority, accuracy, reliability, relevance, coverage, and timeliness, as well as identify possible biases within information sources.

Incorporating sources

  • Students will learn how to determine whether a source is relevant to their topic, and take steps toward smoothly integrating their research with their own ideas.

Primary & secondary sources 

  • Students will be able to identify a breadth of primary and secondary sources of information in the field. Through exercises and discussion, students will learn how these different types of sources can be used together to explore a topic more fully.

Finding and appraising the evidence

  • This course reviews how to efficiently search for the best type of evidence for your purpose. We will also introduce the "why" of critical appraisal and provide links to resources that can be used in appraisal.

Information Ethics

Plagiarism & academic dishonesty

  • Through exercises and discussion, students will understand the value of academic integrity and recognize the implications of plagiarism.


  • Students will learn the basics of in-text citation and referencing in their discipline's designated style. Citation workshops work very well when combined with sessions on plagiarism.

Online privacy & professionalism

  • Through discussion and and feedback, students will become familiar with some theoretical concepts of privacy, how privacy is affected in the online world, and to what extent privacy is still a relevant idea. Students will also learn tips and tricks or maintaining professionalism in their online presence.

Copyright & Open Access: Protect your rights as authors

  • This workshop will cover copyright policies of publishers, how to read and understand publications agreements and how to preserve your rights as authors through Open Access and publication agreement addenda.