Teaching & Learning
The UMass Libraries supports students' development of research skills in an increasingly information-saturated world.
Core research skills are essential for critical and reflective thinking and lifelong learning. These skills lead to utilizing appropriate resources, synthesizing and analyzing information and identifying opportunities for new research and innovation.
UMass librarians collaborate with instructors to develop a curriculum that meets the subject specific needs of the students and addresses the key concepts in the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.
Librarians can provide lessons, resources, and instructional design assistance to make sure that students learn how to:
- Develop meaningful research questions and topics
- Find information on the shelves, in scholarly databases, and on the open web
- Critically evaluate research sources for credibility and authority
- Create and edit digital and print media
- Identify and interpret primary sources
- Manage research data
- Use information ethically, properly cite sources, and avoid plagiarism
Menu of offerings:
- Instruction sessions and courses in-person and virtually
- One-on-one consultations for research and support
- Video tutorials
- Open education resources
- Customized online research guides; and
- Course-specific research assignments
For questions on how we can assist with your instruction needs, please contact your subject-specific instruction librarian to find out how to get started.