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Library Rhetoric Instruction Menu

Rhetoric Classes

Select the option below that best meets your class needs. Library instruction will be most effective for your students when they have an assignment that requires them to do research.

Complete the Library Instruction Request Form.

If you have any questions, contact Susan Avery, Instructional Services Librarian, at skavery@illinois.edu or phone (217) 244-3769.

Early Bird Special

Two class sessions. Recommended for 50 minute classes only.
Classes must be scheduled on the same class day.

  • Session 1: Exploratory research and focusing a topic. Typically be scheduled in early to mid September.
    • Includes an introduction to the Undergraduate Library, database searching, and exploratory search time.
  • Session 2: Focused research. Typically be scheduled in mid to late October.
    • Includes creation of a search strategy, database searching, distinguishing popular and scholarly articles.

Orange Plate

75 minute classes include independent student search time.

Blue Plate

75 minute classes include independent student search time.

Double Plate

Two class sessions. Recommended for 50 minutes classes only.

  • Includes all elements of the Orange and Blue plates with additional time for individual searching.
  • Classes will be scheduled on the same class day. Indicate if you would like them one, two, or three weeks apart.

Custom Plate Options

To customize a plate for your class, select from the options below. Please be aware of your class time and the time allotted for each option you select. 

  • Introduction to the Undergraduate Library
    Time: 5 minutes
    Required for all classes
    General information about the Undergraduate Library and services provided.
  • Introduction to database searching
    Time: 20 minutes
    Required for all classes
    Differences between Google and subscription library databases. Strategies for successfully searching databases, using Academic Search Ultimate as a teaching tool. Preliminary evaluation of search results.
  • Distinguishing popular and scholarly articles
    Time: 15 minutes
    Characteristics of various information types (popular, professional/trade, academic/scholarly). Strategies for evaluating information. Strategies for identifying scholarly articles.
  • Specialized database searching
    Time: 10 minutes
    An introduction to searching subject/discipline specific databases. How to select an appropriate database. Understanding different database  interfaces.
  • Searching the library catalog
    Time: 10 minutes
    Introduction to the library catalog. Strategies for searching the library catalog, interlibrary loan, and requesting items.
  • Locating primary sources
    Time: 10 minutes
    Differences between primary and secondary sources. Strategies for locating primary sources.
    Note: This session does not include locating sources in the University Archives or Student Life and Culture Archives. Classes seeking university-specific primary sources should schedule a session directly through these libraries.