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Faculty Support

Teaching faculty, try these tips and techniques to save time and get better student papers.

Why this guide?

Are you spending a lot of time helping individual students with information researching? 

Do your students tend to use Google and Wikipedia for all of their research needs?

Try the tips and techniques in this guide to save your time and help your students succeed... at Pierce, in transferring, and for lifelong learning!


Follow the suggestions in the Guidelines for Effective Assignments, and the Planning Checklist: Research Assignments.

Click here to: Request library instruction for your class

And, tell your students about...

  1. Books on 2-hour reserve at the Pierce Library--books donated by faculty
  2. Subject Guides: Animal Science, Art, English, Citing Your Sources, Search Techniques, and more
  3. Research Scheduler: Suggested schedule for research assignment steps, and Assignment Calculator (enter assignment due date for customized research assignment steps)
  4. Point-of-use guides for library databases (EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest, JSTOR)
  5. Reference help--in person, phone, and 24/7 chat (click on the Help tab in the Quick Info! box on the left

Consider enhancing your own instruction with information literacy/critical thinking exercises in the Teach Information Literacy & Critical Thinking! site--e.g., Hoax? Scholarly Research? Personal Opinion? You Decide!

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are FREE, including FREE textbooks, and can be a big boost to student success.

Help the Library provide the most relevant and up to date books for your discipline by submitting book purchase recommendations for the print book collection (scroll way down for the recommendation form).

Check this list of suggestions for library research assignments (scroll down toward the bottom of the linked page - University of New Brunswick) which could be adapted to support the SLOs for your course.

Pierce Library Tutorials

Intro to Library Research

Here is the link to an interactive, self-directed overview (updated for Fall 2020): 
Summer Library Tutorial

This self-paced overview should take you 30 - 50 minutes, and it will cover:

  • Navigational use of library tools
  • Introduction to the research tools and academic databases
  • Library logistics and essential information

Our overview will have a split screen: on the left, there will be instructions and explanations as well as some questions for you to answer; the right side of our screen will include webpages and other content for you to navigate.

We recommend that you view this through a desktop/laptop computer, not a mobile device (tablets and smartphones). If your monitor view is zoomed in, the website display will narrow to a mobile view and you will have to scroll more.

At the end, you will have the option to email us your results so that we can relay your completion of this tutorial with your professor.