Library Instruction @ UNM

Research Tutorials

Effective library assignments

We encourage instructors to create assignments using the library, but often instructors aren't sure exactly how to begin, or what pitfalls to avoid.

The document below is full of best-case and worst-case scenarios- keep these in mind as you begin designing your assignment, and don't hesitate to contact your subject specialist to make sure your assignment will be as effective as possible!

Assigning Peer Reviewed Articles (or not)

Especially at the first-year level, peer-reviewed articles can be confusing to students. Since these articles are so specific and narrow in focus (and often difficult for students to read), requiring students to only cite peer-reviewed articles on a topic jumps them into the middle of the scholarly conversation before they have gotten a sense of the wider picture.

To help them understand the information cycle, make sure students know valid places to get basic factual information (Credo Reference, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Electronic Encyclopedias in our catalog, etc.). Help them to judge the quality of books, websites, and news sources alike. Then if the subject warrants it, help them "zoom in" over time and understand where peer-reviewed articles fit into the conversation.

Learning Objects

Learning objects can be used to train or teach on a particular topic. They are typically self-contained modules that can be repackaged together with other learning objects to create whatever kind of curriculum an instructor or learner needs.

These video tutorials were created to help users of the UNM University Libraries learn about the libraries and how to find information in the many resources we offer. Topics range from an overview of library spaces, to detailed videos about using a specific database.

Instructors should feel free to link to these objects in any way they like, or embed them into your class in Learn. (We are happy to help you with this if needed!) Check back often- additional objects will be added in the future.


You can also view all our learning objects via our youtube channel.


Videos for General Information:


Starting points for research:


Tips for using the library catalog to find books and more:


Searching for articles:

for English 120 Instructors

UNM's Learning Services librarians encourage English 120 instructors to participate in library instruction by assigning students the tutorial below.

Additionally, students may attend a Research Clinic outside of regular class time to receive individual help on their research assignments. Alternatively, students may use the Research Clinic to complete the tutorial. Students must register for Research Clinics. See the calendar below for more scheduling information.

Resources from other libraries

Research 101 - A new approach to library tutorials

Research 101 includes a set of brief (~2 minute) videos based on (an earlier draft of) the ACRL information literacy frames. 
For each frame there is also suggested assignments and a quiz, as well as the embed code for the video (hosted on YouTube) 

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information Has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

These tutorials were created at the University of Washington, but the videos have no branding or UW specific content.