Teaching and Consultation

Western Michigan University librarians offer several types of teaching and consultation, all with the goal of developing WMU students' information literacy.

Information literacy in your course

Information literacy is most effective when integrated into course curriculum — one visit to the library per course per semester is usually not enough for a student to become information literate.

As information literacy experts, WMU librarians can help course instructors incorporate information literacy into their course curriculum in several ways:

  • Instructor consultations. Librarians can suggest specific assignments, teaching strategies, rubrics, and other approaches that painlessly integrate information literacy into course curriculum.
  • Course-related research instruction. Librarians can provide instruction sessions, held either in the library or where ever the course meets. Research has shown these sessions are most effective when they are integrated with a specific class assignment or project. Please use the Research Instruction Request form to schedule a session.
  • Embedded in Elearning. Librarians can create research instruction materials for use in an e-learning platform, provide video or chat-based research instruction, or provide one-on-one research consultations for students using discussion board, email, and chat features.

ResearchPath

This newly revised interactive research skills tutorial covers the research process from start to finish. ResearchPath is divided into a series of video and audio modules and each ends with a quiz.

WMU students, faculty, and staff

  • Log in to the WMU Elearning system, then go to the WMU Libraries box on the home page. 
  • Click the link to self-register for “The ResearchPath Course.” 
  • Select “ResearchPath – library-power-search” from your course list.
  • View each module, and complete the quizzes. (Note: you will not have access to the next quiz until you have achieved a score of at least 75% on the previous quiz)
  • When you have successfully completed all the quizzes, you will receive an email confirmation. If required to do so, you may forward this email confirmation to your instructor. (Note: it may take up to 24 hours to receive this email)

Guest users

  • Guests may access the Flash files of ResearchPath here.

Student consultations

Librarians can provide one-on-one research instruction for individual students, but this is most effective for students in upper level course work in which their research is individualized (e.g., senior thesis research or baccalaureate-level writing papers). Please note, for research projects assigned to an entire class, it is much more effective for a librarian to provide course-related research instruction to the whole class at once.

Contact information

For more information about information literacy. or if you would like to try one of the ideas above, contact Dianna Sachs Instructional Services Librarian at dianna.sachs@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5182, your department's liaison librarian.