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SKIL, Stanford's Key to Information Literacy (tutorial)
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Instruction Program

Instruction in Research and Information Resources

As information explodes into yet new formats, offering a dizzying array of possible resources to use, instruction in library research techniques, electronic searching, and the creation of multimedia information resources becomes ever more important. Stanford University Libraries offer instruction in a variety of formats: a general information literacy tutorial tailored to the Stanford libraries: SKIL, Stanford's Key to Information Literacy, Web guides on various subjects, individualized assistance at reference points, group workshops and some tours.

Instructional sessions for navigating information resources are available for Stanford's faculty, students, and staff. Sessions can be individual appointments, small group seminars, or large group workshops.

  • Library research workshops, requested by a course instructor, are scheduled as a session of that class time. Taught by the Information Center professionals, these workshops cover basic research skills including how to use the online catalog, how to search databases, and how these differ from general search engines on the Web. Since students have the opportunity for hands-on searching in our instruction classroom, the workshops are most productive once research topics have been formulated. Submit a Request a Library Workshop.
  • Sophomore College or Honors College instructors can arrange for a workshop which focuses on resources particular to the thesis statement of the students. Taught by subject specialists or Information Center professionals, the sessions include hands-on time. Submit a Request a Library Workshop.
  • Library instruction at an advanced level is typically taught by subject specialists in the Social Sciences Resource Group, Humanities Resource Group, and Area Studies Resource Group. Often, such instruction takes the form of credit courses within a department, and focuses on advanced research within a particular field, such as Art History, Sociology, or English and American Literature. For a non-credit workshop, contact the subject specialist for the field.
  • For individual appointments
    • on an advanced research topic, contact the appropriate subject specialist for the field.
    • on a basic research topic, contact Malgorzata Schaefer for help or for an appropriate referral.


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