Library Instruction For Students
- Librarians are available at the Reference Desk to help with any research questions. Check the desk hours here.
- Call a librarian for help during reference desk hours: 509.777.4491.
The Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library's library & research instruction program forms a part of the university's critical thinking goals. Librarians offer instructional services in cooperation with teaching faculty to help students learn the necessary concepts and skills for successful library research.
Librarians work closely with the faculty in tailoring library workshops to individual courses. The research tools fundamental to a particular discipline are taught, especially in upper-division courses. We expect that the students in a particular major will graduate with knowledge of the bibliographic structure of the literature in their fields.
The research program is also closely tied to teaching basic library research skills to all students. In these classes the students receive an orientation to the library, to the research strategy, and to our various databases. They learn about the purposes served by journals and about the differences between these journals and they learn to critically evaluate electronic information.
Library and research instruction forms a part of most of the disciplines taught at the university. Further individual instruction is available to students individually at the Whitworth Library's Reference Desk.
To Faculty: With sufficient lead time, librarians can provide library & research instruction sessions and printed materials geared specifically to your course and assignment. Please have a course syllabus and/or a research assignment available for the librarian. Plan ahead to schedule the best times. To schedule your class for library and research instruction during the current term, call Tami Robinson at 509.777.4483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library's Coordinator of Instructional Services is also available to work with teaching faculty to design an appropriate assignment to achieve your course goals/objectives.