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    The Library offers a variety of instructional services designed to actively integrate information literacy into the curricula and to facilitate students' acquisition of critical thinking and information-seeking skills. 

    Library instruction is one of the best ways to introduce students to the library and develop research skills. Students who have the skills to find, evaluate, and use information are more successful in their classrooms and will be more successful life-long learners. 

    Instructional Mission Statement

    The David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library at Galveston College supports the educational mission of Galveston College to provide an open door to learning and extend accessible educational opportunities to students and provide high-quality educational programs and services.

    Working collaboratively with the faculty, students, and college community the Library’s Information Literacy Program promotes student success through outreach and library instruction by teaching core competencies in information literacy. Students will be empowered to effectively find, evaluate, manage, apply, and ethically use information in their academic research assignments, future educational endeavors, careers, and as life-long learners in an information-driven society. 

    Instructional Offerings


    GC Librarians offer a variety of library instruction sessions at the request of faculty. These sessions may be general library orientations or discipline-specific research classes. We have implemented a "Have it Your Way" concept to increase collaboration and customize instruction for any course or assignment.

    Have it your way: online instruction webinars, Zoom or in-class, individual reference appointments, and Canvas integration. 

     

    Online Instruction Webinars: GC Librarians facilitate live, online webinars for your students. 

    Zoom or In-Class Instruction Sessions (by request only):

    • Online instruction via Zoom or face-to-face, in-class on campus. Instruction sessions can include basic orientation to the library, advanced research, or specific resources tailored to your course assignment. All of the library instruction sessions can be customized for individual classes. 
    • The Flexible Learning Space in the Library can be used for hands-on instruction on how to use the library and other electronic resources.

    Individual Reference Appointments:

    • Students can request an appointment with a librarian any time during the semester for research assistance on a specific subject or assignment. This option is good for students who need a brief explanation of a task or concept (e.g. citing sources, plagiarism, how to search for books and/or articles). 

    Canvas Integration:

    • ​Embed a librarian, resources, or library materials into Canvas, see the Embedding Library Resources page for more information about Canvas integration.  

    Sessions in Detail


    Please note: all workshops are delivered in the format of online webinars unless in-person sessions are requested by faculty. 

    Quick Starts

    • Quick Orientation of Galveston College Library Online-This is a 30-minute webinar led by GC Librarians, designed to help students, faculty, and staff discover the online services and resources offered by the GC Library. Topics covered will include navigating top resources on the library homepage, connecting with the GC library team via chat, text, and email, and locating ebooks and other resources. How to log in to library resources and library user accounts will be covered. 

     

    • Finding and Using GC Library eBooks- This informative 30-minute webinar is designed to help students, faculty, and staff discover the thousands of online ebooks GC Library offers. Topics covered will include searching for ebooks using various methods, downloading selections and chapters of ebooks, and options for accessing entire ebooks. Logging into library resources via OpenAthens will be covered. 

     

    • Introduction to Databases- This informative 30-minute webinar is designed to help students, faculty, and staff discover the thousands of full-text online academic journals, magazines, and newspapers GC Library offers. Topics covered will include searching for these resources using various methods and logging into library resources on and off-campus via OpenAthens. 

    Research and Searching

    • Whitecaps OneSearch-This 60-90 minute workshop is designed to help students, faculty, and staff gets the best results out of our powerful Whitecaps OneSearch. The webinar covers getting started with OneSearch, the scope of searches, several ways to refine your searches, and more.

     

    • Introduction to Database Searching-This is a 60-90 minute workshop led by GC Librarians that covers accessing peer-reviewed academic journal articles from the library's subscription databases.

    Citation and Plagiarism 

    • APA Demystified- This is a 60-90 minute workshop led by GC Librarians, designed to assist students with applying APA format to their assignments for GC courses. Learn how to cite in APA 7th, why we cite, and the basics of citation, which apply to other citation styles (e.g., MLA), too. We will also look at citation guides, how library databases can help with citation, and more! 

     

    • MLA Demystified- This is a 60-90 minute workshop led by GC Librarians, designed to assist students with applying MLA format to their assignments for GC courses. Learn how to cite in MLA, why we cite, and citation basics. We will also look at citation guides, how library databases can help with citation, and more! 

     

    • Plagiarism-This is a 60-90 minute workshop led by GC Librarians, is designed to assist students with detecting and avoiding plagiarism in their assignments for GC courses. 

    Allied Health, Healthcare Management, Nursing

    • Library Resources for Healthcare Management-This informative 30-minute webinar is designed to help nursing students, faculty, and staff with an overview of library resources available to healthcare management students at GC.

     

    • Introduction to Healthcare Management Research- This informative 60-90 minute workshop is designed to help healthcare management students, faculty, and staff search the GC Library licensed databases of scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles, eBooks, eJournals, streaming video (and much more!) for academic research projects and personal information needs.

     

    • Library Research for Financial Management for Healthcare Professionals (MHSM 3335)-This informative 60-90 minute workshop is designed to help students in the healthcare management program search the GC Library licensed databases of scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles, eBooks, eJournals, streaming video (and much more!) for academic research projects in MHSM 3335--Financial Management for Health Professionals. 

     

    • Library Resources for Nursing Students-This informative 30-minute webinar is designed to help nursing students, faculty, and staff with an overview of library resources available to nursing students at GC. 

     

    • Introduction to Nursing Research-This informative 60-90 minute workshop is designed to help nursing students, faculty, and staff search the GC Library licensed databases of scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles, eBooks, eJournals, streaming video (and much more!) for academic research projects and personal information needs.

    Primary Sources (All Programs/Courses)

    • Finding Primary Sources-This webinar will cover the what, why, where, and how of primary sources. After defining primary sources and explaining why they are important sources of information, the librarian will share search tips and resources for finding primary sources for college research papers.

    For Faculty/Staff

    • Library Resources Overview for Faculty/Staff- This informative 30-45 minute webinar is designed for faculty/staff to introduce a wide array of research resources and tools from the GC library to integrate information literacy into the curricula to facilitate students' critical thinking and information-seeking skills. We show you how to use the faculty toolbox and staff resources to find information and help students be successful with their research needs! Learn how to access and request articles, books, eBooks, subject research guides, place items on reserve, schedule information literacy sessions, and more.

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    Offer EXTRA CREDIT or a GRADED ASSIGNMENT? 

    Here's How it Works...

    1. Register for one of the online Zoom sessions.

    2. Receive an email confirmation after successful registration with a link and password to the session. 

    3. Receive an email the day before the session. 

    4. Receive an email one hour after the session with a link to complete the assessment. 

    5. If your instructor is offering EXTRA CREDIT or this is a GRADED ASSIGNMENT, submit your certificate of completion as instructed.  

    6. Last, but certainly not least...all assessment quiz submissions will be entered into a monthly drawing for a Library Swagg Item.