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Library Instruction Services: Introduction

The reference librarians at University Libraries offer many different instructional workshops, guides, and tutorials to help the DU community learn about library research. Please take a look at our guide to see what we have to offer!

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COVID-19 and Library Instruction 

The Libraries have an existing and robust virtual service delivery model with a host of online services and resources. We have been working continuously to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak to provide faculty and other instructors with services and materials for teaching online, hybrid, or hyflex classes.

Reference librarians at the Libraries are happy to work with you to develop student-centered library instruction opportunities specific to your course and assignments. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: using library databases, effective search strategies, evaluating sources, and using information ethically. Librarians will be teaching synchronous library instruction workshops through Zoom for the Winter 2021 quarter and are also able to provide asynchronous learning materials such as video tutorials and online research guides for courses, both of which can be embedded in Canvas. Additional time might be needed to prepare tutorials or research guides, so please contact your librarian to talk about synchronous and asynchronous instruction options. The Libraries also have collections of online books, journals, and streaming videos which can be used for course materials. Please see our Resources for Faculty page for complete information. By providing instruction through Zoom, we are confident that we can engage students with a richer learning experience than would be possible in a socially-distanced classroom setting.


The reference librarians at University Libraries offer many instructional opportunities to help the DU community learn about library research.  Our instructional services include:

  • Regularly scheduled research workshops on a variety of topic and resources.  These workshops are open to current DU students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Requestable workshops for courses which cover library resources related to specific assignments and course topics.
  • TA and GA trainings.
  • Research guides and online tutorials.
  • One-on-one or small group Research Center consultations.
  • Orientations for student leaders and campus groups.


Library instruction sessions are one of the best ways to develop valuable research skills. Students who have the skills to find, evaluate, and use information are more successful in their classes and will be more successful at life-long learning after graduation.

For questions, please contact Bridget Farrell ( or your subject librarian.

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2150 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80208