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SU Libraries’ Information Literacy Program is designed to assist all Syracuse University students in developing the skills to think critically with and about information. SU Libraries' staff are available to provide the following instructional services:

  • Sessions and Tours: Libraries staff are available to provide general orientations and tours as well as sessions on library resources and services, online research databases, the research process, and subject-specific collections and research skills. Faculty and course instructors may consult with librarians to design instruction sessions and/or materials that best support course goals. Sessions may include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and/or discussions.
  • Online Instruction: The Libraries can develop online instruction to assist students in completing research assignments using library resources.
  • Syracuse University Libraries offer tours at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. These general tours are typically advertised in students’ orientation packets as well as on our website when available.

Instructional Support for Faculty and Teaching Assistants

Librarians can help course instructors integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum. When class assignments require extensive use of library materials, it is essential for faculty to communicate with the appropriate subject librarians in advance.

Special Collections Research Center Instruction

Custom-designed Special Collections Research Center's instruction sessions introduce undergraduate and graduate students to methodologies of original research using primary resource materials.

Services to Visitors

Individuals who are not Syracuse University students, faculty or staff are welcome to use the Libraries. However, instructional services for nonaffiliated groups are limited to general library tours or information sessions. These services are offered only when Syracuse University is not in session, and must be scheduled well in advance of the instruction date. Please refer to the Libraries' Visitor Guide for additional information pertaining to services available to nonaffiliated groups.