Classroom Instruction

Librarians collaborate with faculty to deliver instruction sessions that engage students in creative and critical thought on research and information. Sessions are held in your classroom, in one of our library classrooms, or through Zoom.

Alternatively, librarians teach scheduled workshops that your students can attend outside of class time.

Session Topics

Sessions are uniquely tailored to the needs of your students and your assignment. Select from topics such as:

  • Topic development and planning for research
  • Introduction to disciplinary resources
  • Strategies for searching
  • Evaluating information
  • Research with special collections
  • Digital scholarship and GIS

Library Classrooms 

Librarians can book one of our dedicated library classrooms for the instruction session for your class.

  • Fondren Library Red 323 has 30 seats and 15 computers.  
  • The Kitt Investing and Trading Center in Maguire 150A has 37 student computers with access to FactSet and Morningstar Direct. Bloomberg can be accessed from the podium and 10 student terminals.
  • Bridwell Public Conference Room 207 accommodates up to 15 students and is prioritized for classes working with special collections.

Student Learning Outcomes 

The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education guides us when writing student learning outcomes. Consider the following areas as they relate to the needs of your students for your assignment:

  • Students evaluate information with an understanding of context. 
  • Students understand how and why information is produced.
  • Students recognize that information has value and use and manage information ethically.
  • Students approach research with open-minded inquiry.
  • Students understand that knowledge is developed through sustained discourse and competing perspectives.
  • Students apply critical thinking, perseverance, and knowledge of information systems to search.

Syllabus Statement

Include a statement, such as the one below, to encourage your students to ask for help.

Your librarian is here to help you. Schedule an appointment to get targeted research assistance. For immediate help, use Ask Us, smu.edu/askus, or start with a research guide, guides.smu.edu. 

High School Class Instruction

SMU Libraries values its relationship with schools in the North Texas area. A librarian may be available to work with high school classes on using our library resources. Request a high school class visit.

Individual high school students are welcome to visit SMU Libraries on their own.