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Library Instruction and Information Literacy

Faculty and Staff Information

The Wayne State University Librarians can provide instruction on:

  • accessing information efficiently and effectively
  • evaluating information and its sources critically
  • using and accessing information ethically

which are components of our larger goal of developing student skills in information literacy. An information literate person has learned how to find quality information efficiently and to use it effectively and ethically. It is a lifelong learning skill.

Wayne State does not offer a required College Transition/First Year Experience course. Library instruction is currently focused on targeted multi-section courses such as APX 1000, HON 1000, BA 1010, and TED 2250/51, where large numbers of students can benefit. Faculty teaching courses with predominantly first-year students are encouraged to utilize re:Search (a set of information literacy videos) and other Learning Tools or Guides described below in their teaching to help familiarize their students with the library system and its resources.


re:Search is a set of self-paced learning videos to help your students learn how to locate information, use databases to locate articles, use the library catalog to locate materials, search the web effectively, and properly cite sources and avoid plagiarism. Each video is followed by a short quiz, which is available in Respondus if you would like to have your students take the quizzes for a grade or credit within your Blackboard class site. If you would like a copy of the quiz, contact Veronica Bielat, Instruction Services Coordinator, at 313-577-4217 or

Learning Tools

Links to tools to help you and your students navigate library resources. Includes our self-paced re:Search learning videos, the Assignment Planner, and online learning videos and handouts. You can link any of these individual resources directly to your Blackboard site, or link the entire Learning Tools page.


Librarians also create discipline and customized course guides designed to lead students to library resources appropriate to their field of study. Course guides such as those for ENG 1010/1020 and COM 1010 have been developed to support specific class assignments and can serve as teaching support for faculty instructing their students in available WSU library resources.

Discipline-specific Instruction

Upon request, librarians will provide specialized library instruction for specific classes. Instruction may address search strategy for the catalog and/or discipline-specific databases, help with citation styles and EndNote, evaluating resources, how to find authoritative Web resources, or other research-related topics as requested.

To arrange discipline-specific research instruction for classes contact your liaison librarian.