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Tomlinson Library Information Literacy Program

Tomlinson Library's instruction librarians encourage faculty collaboration to optimize student progress at baseline, emerging, and capstone levels of learning. Our instruction librarians will discuss your students’ research needs with you and work together to design library instruction sessions that engage your students with library resources in support of your coursework.

Our scaffolded approach provides ongoing, embedded instruction at the various stages of the research process, from students' initial exploration of a topic, to discovery of relevant information, evaluation of authors and resources, analysis and formation of conclusions, and integration and presentation of new knowledge. Library instruction can be scheduled at any or all of these points of need. 

Library Instruction Student Learning Outcomes  are driven by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)  Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and aligned with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)  Information Literacy VALUE Rubric and the  Colorado Mesa University Critical Thinking Rubric.

Research Guides can be created for your program, semester-long course, or specific assignment, highlighting resources in our collection and helping students with aspects of the research process.  The library has also developed a set of Research Basics Guides to support all students throughout their academic careers:

All of our Research Guides can be accessed from the library’s website, embedded in D2L courses, or linked from faculty web pages.

Individual student research consultations are encouraged for students at any stage in their research process. Librarians help students to develop research strategies and find appropriate and relevant sources for their research projects. Research consultations can be particularly effective for individual follow-up after a class instruction session.
Embed a librarian in your D2L course shell for easy student assistance and informative research resources. Librarians can engage students with discussion boards, create course-specific resource lists, and provide timely research tips that correspond to your instruction needs.

Include the following in your syllabi to help your students take advantage of the help that CMU librarians can provide:

CMU librarians love helping students find the right books and articles for any purpose, and will help you understand assignments and cite the articles and images that you use in your papers. We are here for you! Find us: in the Library at the Research Help Desk; 24/7 at; by email at; or at 970.248.1860.