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Everything you need to know to make the most of the Library at Watkins
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Why Have Library Instruction?

It's the right thing to do for your students!

  • Reduces Student Anxiety
    Library research is the #1 academic fear of college student and library instruction has been shown to reduce the anxiety. 
  • Encourages Students To Use Critical Thinking Skills
    Evaluating the quality of the sources they find is frequently a new concept to college students. Library instruction can show them how to use critical thinking skills to evaluate their sources.
  • Saves Students Time
    Literature shows that students require more library instruction than ever before to help them make the best use of their time and find the information they need.
  • Improves Quality of Student Research and Papers
    When students use better quality sources, the quality of their papers improve. Some students have reported higher grades on their papers after library instruction made them familiar with library resources and how to best use them.
  • Reduces Student Perceived Barriers to Requesting Help
    Once they've been in the library and interacted with a librarian, they feel more comfortable asking for help when they need it.

    Library Instruction Options

    We'd love to come to your class or have your class visit the Library to learn about sources or research methods that will be helpful for your class, assignments, or studio work!

    Classes are tailored to discipline-based instruction or specific course assignments and can be provided in the classroom, lab, studio, or in the Library. Classes other than Library CloseUp generally last an hour.  Two week Scheduling notice is recommended.  The Library also offers one-on-one tutorials to students, faculty and staff on using library resources

    The Library offers a variety library instruction options including Research Skills and Strategies, about one hour of instruction on the catalog, databases and advanced internet searching tailored to your class or assignment,  JeopARTy, a fun interactive seesion dealing with plagiarism, copyright and fair use in a game show format, and Library Closeup, short classes or tours on  specialized aspects of the Library relevant to your class.  Check out our Instruction Menu for more about the options.


      Request Library Instruction

      To schedule a library class contact Amy Kammerman, Library DIrector 615-277-7440.

      To schedule a tour or one-on-one tutorial contact the Library staff at

      Check our website for all our resources


      Customized Subject Guides

      Subject Guides - Your students and you can access Library and online information on subjects from Art History to Printmaking through our Subject Guides.   We are converting our subject guides using the LibGuide software to be portals to Library sources in books, journals, DVDs, and online sources in addition to guides to evaluating information sources, writing and citation style, and plagiarism/fair use.  The LibGuide also lets you create a page in an existing Subject Guide, or a new Subject Guide, for your specific class where you can share assignments, readings and other class information.

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