Library Instruction @ UNM

Research Modules

These are smaller modules that take less time to complete if you don't have enough time to work through full length tutorials found on the right hand column.

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.

Video Learning Objects

Research Bytes

The Instruction Team at the Libraries has put together this series of short research guides.  Each one is designed to give guidance on one aspect of doing research or using the library. 

for First-Year Instructors

UNM's Learning Services librarians encourage English 1120 and COMM 1130 instructors to participate in library instruction by assigning students the tutorials below.

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.