offers to Oakland University faculty and students customized
classes that focus on the information resources needed
for effective study and research in the discipline.
Working in close consultation with the faculty member
requesting the instruction, the librarian will design
instructional packages that may include some or all
of the following:
with examples of reference works, sample search strategies
and bibliographies of useful items are commonly prepared
for class distribution. Library sessions frequently
provide an introduction to the print sources of importance
to the discipline and usually also give students the
opportunity to use the various online databases to research
their own topics. Throughout the session, the librarian
will illustrate how to think about information needs
by defining what is needed, investigating appropriate
sources and evaluating sources of information for relevance,
reliability and objectivity.
may be taught in the library or in the regular classroom
for larger groups.
Instruction for Rhetoric 160
offers several hours of instruction on research
techniques and tools in all sections of Rhetoric 160.
Part of the instruction is delivered online through
Moodle, while part of it is taught in person in the library.
Through the Moodle module, students take a virtual tour
of the library, learn essential library procedures and
use the online library catalog to find books and journals
in the OU library. During their classes in the
library, students learn how to find articles in periodicals
using FirstSearch. Librarians also teach students advanced search techniques, research strategies and
evaluation of sources. The scheduling of RHT160
classes is done by the Library Coordinator of Information Literacy.
It is also
possible for individuals not enrolled in 160 to audit
the classes if room is available. To inquire about
the class schedule and auditing a class, contact the
has three information literacy instruction labs. Two of them, KL222 and KL225A,
are each equipped with 24-25 student computer workstations
and an instructor's station. Vision control software
enables the instructor to maintain control of the student
monitors for online demonstrations and instruction,
and then to then turn control of the students' computers
over to them for practice. The third room, KL225B, has projection capability, an instructor workstation and table/chair seating for up to 38 students.
These labs may be reserved for occasional use
by faculty, for example, if an instructor wants to bring
their students in to begin their research. To check on lab availability or to make a reservation, contact the Coordinator of Information Literacy.
Coordinator of Information Literacy to
schedule a class (visiting groups, please read the OU
policy for visits from non-university groups). As
much advance notice as is possible benefits both your
class and the librarian; too little advance notice and
we may not be able to accomodate your class at the desired
the following to provide a positive environment for
If you are
planning on bringing your students to the library for
a research day, please contact the Coordinator
of Information Literacy beforehand.
library now offers several online tutorials in which
you can familiarize yourself with the library environment,
procedures and tools. Check the Tutorials section of the library web site for a complete list.
Resources for Classes
that you notify the Coordinator of
Information Literacy before giving your class a library assignment.
The librarians can work with you to develop meaningful
and realistic exercises. Librarians will help determine
whether all items you assign are available for your
students, and may recommend that you place the items
on Reserve for safekeeping and easy access.
can assist you in identifying print, electronic, or
web resources for use by individual classes. For example,
your library liaison can help you to create a bibliography
for your students of materials owned by the library
or available and to find electronic resources to link
to your course web page.
As a service
to the Oakland University community we offer the opportunity
to schedule individual consultations with librarians.
Whatever your research needs you'll have our undivided
attention and personal assistance in answering your
a request for a personal research consultation, please
fill out the Email
research consultation request form. Please
include your OU affiliation (faculty, staff or student)
in your request and include a daytime telephone number.
designed to familiarize the users with the overall arrangement
of the library and do not include instruction in use
of catalog, databases or collections. These tours are
conducted by library staff members. Visiting groups,
please read the OU
policy for visits from non-university groups.
a class, a tour or todiscuss other instructional matters,
please contact the Coordinator of Information Literacy:
237 Kresge Library
Oakland University, Kresge Library
2200 N Squirrel Rd., Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370 - 4426