Library Instruction

Many faculty and GTAs request library assistance instructing their students on research strategies and subject related sources. Georgia State University Library provides weekly workshops, video tutorials, research guides and in-class instruction to meet the needs of both students and faculty.

Subject Specific Research Instruction

If your students already have basic skills in library research, please schedule an in-person instruction session by contacting your subject librarian. If your students don’t have basic library skills, please refer them to the workshops and tutorials available below. Prior to scheduling a session please read our instruction process below:

  • Request a class at least two weeks prior to the desired date (the class will be confirmed by phone and/or e-mail).
  • Faculty & GTAs are expected to accompany their class to the seminar.
  • After participating in a subject-based library instruction session, students should possess intermediate skills in library research.
  • For a list of advanced instruction topics that can be covered during sessions and the approximate amount of time needed to cover each topic, see the Instruction Menu.
  • In addition to instruction, our subject librarians provide research guides for every discipline on campus.

Basic Library Skills – Help Your Students Survive College

Georgia State University Library hosts a series of workshops and online tutorials that provide your students with research success skills that not only help them earn good grades, but can also prepare them for their careers beyond GSU.

Workshops in our “Research Essentials” series may be taken in any order or as their own separate learning sessions. These sessions cover plagiarism, citations, how to evaluate sources, developing a research question and items in our collection. Sessions take place every week, both in the library and online.

If students can’t make it to a workshop, video tutorials are available 24 hours a day, providing the basics of searching the catalog, using the library web site, locating a book and citing sources appropriately.

Subject librarians have also prepared research guides specifically for common classes where students need basic library skill instruction, such as GSU 1010 and Freshman English.

In addition, library personnel are available for research support at the User Services Desk on Library North 1, by email, phone or live chat.