Library Instruction Services


Laurier Library provides flexible, multi-faceted instruction to assist students and faculty with the research process, and to promote student success. The Library's instruction goals and topics are based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.

Our services

What our users tell us

"Library staff have been very very helpful in working with my undergrad classes to help them develop effective literature searching and interpretation skills” (faculty member)

"I learned it's all about how and where you search" (undergraduate)

"This class was awesome! Wish I'd had something like this in first year" (3rd year student)

"Very informative session - more students should know about this" (graduate student)

Request instruction

Librarians can help your students learn a variety of research skills, including how to focus a topic, find and evaluate good sources, use and cite sources properly.

Our sessions are available year-round (including evening and summer classes) and are tailored in content and format to meet your needs. A librarian can come to your class, or if under 25 students, we can meet in the Library's Instruction Room. Options include:

  • a quick 5 minute drop-in to acquaint your students with our services
  • short in-class session(s) as a basic introduction to a research skill
  • longer, more in-depth session(s) for more advanced research skills
  • advice on designing assignments that help students learn and practice research skills
  • session(s) arranged outside of your regular class time

Interested in a session? Talk with your subject librarian about how we can help integrate effective research skills into your course. View examples of past sessions for ideas.

No time for a visit to your class? Check out our online instruction options.

Discipline-specific workshops

Each discipline has a subject librarian who works closely with graduate students to meet their research needs. We can visit graduate classes to deliver discipline-specific research sessions. View examples of past sessions. Faculty can also contact their subject librarian to request a session from our general workshop series for a group of graduate students.

General workshop series

The Library offers the following workshops each year. Please check the Library Workshops page or the ASPIRE calendar for upcoming dates.

Citing insights: sites to help you cite

Between your browser bookmarks, Evernote, and scraps of paper hidden in your back pocket, it’s likely that your important research materials lie all over the place. Did you know there are a variety of methods and tools available to help you manage all of the references or citations that you collect while doing research? In this workshop we look at how citation and document management tools can help keep your research work organized and save you time when you need to prepare properly formatted bibliographies and in-text citations. We will spend some time looking specifically at two tools: Zotero and Mendeley. Please bring your laptop.

Creating a research question

A good research question is the foundation for a successful research project. Learn strategies for creating a focused question that will streamline your thesis or dissertation research and help you finish on time.

Finding government policy & its analysis

Finding public (government) policy can be daunting. Finding analysis of any given government policy before, during and after a policy’s implementation can be even more overwhelming. Learn some strategies for hunting down not only the policy documents, but also the steps that led up to the creation of the policy in the first place. Discover some ways to find out about the reception, impact, and analysis of the policy, including how you might consider the merits of these arguments.

Finding legislation & its analysis

Even if you’re a Law student, finding Legislation (Bills, Statutes, Acts, Laws, Regulations), how it’s been used in court, and what the legal community thinks of it all, can be overwhelming! Learn about the legislative process to produce our laws, and how you can track a Bill to its final destination, a Statute. Find out, too, how to start looking for analytical information about these legal instruments, including analysis of their coming into force, their use in court proceedings, and their impact on individuals and society.

Get your data here

The Laurier Library houses a vast collection of socio-economic data from Statistics Canada, polling firms such as Gallup and Ipsos Reid, and international agencies. These resources include census and survey data essential to research in areas such as health, labour, education, politics, and geography. Learn what data is available and how to access it for your research.

Publication & promotion: more reach for your research

Where should you publish? How should you publish? How do you choose the right journal and avoid the bad? Identify options for publishing, emerging tools, managing online profiles, privacy, copyright, and alternative metrics (altmetrics) to track output. Will include data, peer review, open access and co-authorship as well as online social networks like ResearchGate and

Library resources to help you find your dream job!

Laurier Library acquires a number of resources that are great for career research, interview preparation, and complement Career Centre resources. In this workshop, we will identify and utilize the Library’s business, news, and interview resources to assist you in your career research and development. More specifically, we will look at how to identify leading industries in Canada, locate professional associations, find company financials, locate relevant news on prospective employers, and learn about key interview preparation resources offered by the Library.

Planning a literature review

Need to write a literature review? Learn how to plan, research and organize one successfully for your thesis or dissertation, and decide on a focus and scope for your review.

Research fundamentals for grad students

Learn the power of advanced searching tools and techniques. All subject disciplines. From Novice to Ninja in an hour.

What is Research Data Management?

Where do you store your research? Who on your team has access to what files? What obligations do you have to preserve your work during your research and after publication? Research Data Management (RDM) is now a critical part of scholarship in all fields. This session will introduce participants to RDM, explain Tri-Council obligations and expectations, and show how to write data management plans. Participants will learn how to manage their projects with Dataverse, the Laurier Library’s RDM repository.

For all courses

We can support your students online by:

  • Creating resources on the Library web site that you can refer students to or link to in MyLearningSpace, including:
  • Providing personalized support from within your course in MyLearningSpace. We can upload relevant Library resources and instructional content, alert students to Library services through email, or answer student questions through discussion boards.

For online courses

In addition to the services listed above, for online courses we can:

  • Teach live online research skills sessions (via Adobe Connect webinar software)
  • Provide individual student research appointments through email or online

What our users tell us

“For several years now, the library [has] provided excellent, specialized support for students writing final papers in my online course by offering interactive presentations on various stages in the research process” (faculty member)

To request online course instruction

Contact your subject librarian