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Faculty Library Guide: Library Instruction

Guide to effectively using library resources and services at HIU.

Library Instruction for Your Students

The HIU librarians provide all kinds of library instruction in various formats. Let's see what works for you.

Embedded Instruction

Beyond the one-shot librarian visit, you can "embed" library instruction into your course in a variety of ways. You choose what works for you:

1. Library links

Every Canvas course already includes the Library website and the Ask-a-Librarian links. The Library link goes to our homepage and the Ask-a-Librarian link provides 24/7 access to LibAnswers (FAQs and the HIU librarians). 

2. Research guides

We have library research guides (LibGuides) on efficiently searching databases, using eBooks, and understanding style manuals as well as how to do research in subjects such as Psychology and Education. Link from your Canvas course to any of these guides and ask us about making a customize guide.

3. Video tutorials

The Library has a growing number of online video tutorials on our YouTube channel. Contact us with suggestions for new topics and customized tutorials for your course.

4. Pre-recorded instruction

Contact us if you are interested in having a librarian speak specifically to your students asynchronously about research in a prerecorded video. 

5. Threaded discussions

DLT can assign a librarian as an assistant to your Canvas course to facilitate and monitor discussions on library research questions as they arise.

6. Collaborative assignments

Many in-depth research assignments require multiple steps to create that final product. We are happy to collaborate with you to develop an assignment to assist students in the research process in your topic. You might also want to combine this option with threaded discussions.


Contact us to make arrangements.

Contact Robin Hartman or Jennifer Rich, at (714) 879-3901 ext. 1234 or email [email protected] to discuss what Embedded Library Instruction options will work in your course. Please allow 6 weeks for customized options.

Reserve the Information Commons for your Class

The Information Commons, located on the 2nd floor of the Darling Library, is a research center and computer lab. Reserve the Information Commons with or without a librarian present to provide assistance.*

Contact a librarian, at [email protected] or call (714) 879-3901, ext. 1234 to reserve the IC for class use. Please make arrangements at least one week ahead.


*The Information Commons is the only computer lab with printing services available for students on campus and must be used sparingly for group purposes. It is not conducive for lecture type teaching situations since it is an open area with other students working and studying. It is most suited to guided library research.

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