The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Teaching & Learning

Our staff of experts is here to collaborate on creating an instruction session designed to support learning outcomes and student learning. 
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Designing Effective Assignments 

We work with you to develop tailored assignments that enhances students’ research skills.
Examples include:

  • Developing meaningful research questions and strategies 
  • Finding information in scholarly databases, on the open web, and on the shelves
  • Identifying and interpreting primary and secondary sources
  • Evaluating research sources critically for credibility and authority
  • Creating and incorporating digital and print media

Contact your departmental librarian or Ask Us! to learn more. 

Library Instruction Session 

Librarians develop instruction sessions and learning materials in support of the undergraduate and graduate curricula using sound instructional design practice and pedagogy.  Instruction sessions include: 

  • Selecting and using research databases
  • Practicing effective search strategies
  • Evaluating source credibility
  • Using information effectively and ethically

Contact your departmental librarian to invite them to your class.  

 Library Information Literacy Modules

You can embed library information literacy modules into your courses to supplement existing course content or to stand alone as appropriate. These Information Literacy modules provide standards-aligned instructional materials that will support the development of your students’ information and digital literacy skills, including finding information, evaluating sources, and using information ethically. 

  • Use this resource guide to see the list of modules with instructions for linking them into your Blackboard or Moodle course.
  • View this page to see a sample syllabus with modules embedded in it.

 Contact your departmental librarian or Ask Us! to learn more. 

 Find resources

We can help you find resources that align with your course needs and will help students complete their assignments, including:

  • Digital content to use in your BB or Moodle course.
  • Open Education Resources 
  • Images 
  • Primary source material
  • Streaming audio and video

Contact your departmental librarian or Ask Us! to learn more. 

Special formats and technologies instruction

The following units offer specialized instruction: 

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA)

SCUA staff are available to collaborate with you to create learning experiences that suit your group’s needs. If you have questions, or want to brainstorm a visit or how to incorporate archival research, primary sources, or rare books into a class, group activity, or assignment, please see SCUA’s Teach & Learn website, or feel free to get in touch: scua@library.umass.edu

 Digital Media Lab

The Libraries can help with multimedia assignments, including audio/visual equipment in the technology lending program, available software, and AR/VR/XR.  Contact the Digital Media Lab  to learn more.

Digital Scholarship Services

The Libraries provide assistance and advice for faculty and students who want to incorporate newer methods that use digital tools to ask new questions, approach problems, and present the results of their efforts into their classroom work. Examples of Digital Scholarship tools and methods include:

  • GIS and mapping tools
  • Online exhibition tools
  • Digital publishing tools
  • Text and data mining
  • Open Educational Resources and Open Pedagogy
  • Data management
Research Consultations

Our departmental librarians provide individual research consultation that help students complete course assignments and research projects. They work with students to help them:

  • Understand and navigate the Libraries resources
  • Define and refine a research topic
  • Optimize information search strategies
  • Learn about citation management tools 

Contact your departmental librarian or Ask Us! to learn more.