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WU Libraries User Education

The Washington University Libraries offer students and faculty many different ways to become familiar with the Library and its resources. Library instruction teaches students to obtain information more efficiently and to evaluate it more thoroughly.

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Subject and Course-specific classes

Library instruction is most effective when it is tied to a specific assignment or course. Faculty are therefore encouraged to schedule their subject librarian to meet with their classes to show them library research methods. Librarians will design lectures and demonstrations that meet particular research demands of the class. For more information, please contact the subject librarian in your field.

Writing 1 - Olin Library reference librarians teach sessions in the use of the library and its resources for Writing 1 classes. A resource, Writing 1 Papers: Guide to Library Research, is available for use by librarians, students, and Writing 1 instructors. The guide is a tool, and is not intended to replace a library instruction session.

Individualized Instruction

Librarians are available by appointment to meet with Hilltop faculty, staff, and students for individualized training in the use of the library's resources. Sessions will be customized to fit the individual'sresearch needs and can include any sort of information resources such as the library catalog, journal indexes, and/or the Internet. To schedule a meeting, or for more information, please contact the subject librarian in your field.

Special Events

International Graduate Student Orientation
During the Fall orientation period in August, Olin Library reference librarians conduct a two-hour workshop for new international graduate students. The students learn what they can expect to find in the Libraries, about tools and resources which are available online, and how to obtain resources available from other libraries. A library tour is included to familiarize the students with the physical arrangement of Olin Library. International students may sign up to attend by contacting the International Office.

Orientation and Tours

Tours of Olin Library introduce new users to the physical arrangement within the building and the information resources and services we offer. Drop-in tours (no registration necessary) for new students are given during the orientation period before the Fall Semester and during the first few weeks of the semester. Ask at the Reference Help Desk on Level 1 for a schedule. Other tours for individuals and groups are available upon request. Contact the Reference Help Desk (935-5410).

For orientation at a school or departmental library, contact the relevant library.

Additional Orientation Programs