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For Undergraduate Students

For Graduate Students

For Faculty, Staff, and Administration

 

Undergraduate Classes

Library Orientation: UNIV 1301
A general overview of what types of materials are in the library and available through the databases as well as a basic orientation to library services.

Library Orientation: English 1302
An introduction to finding library materials. Students learn how to search the library catalog, find print journals, and use one or two general databases to find articles. Students are introduced to the main types of articles they may find in the databases (scholarly vs. popular), and learn to identify how different types of information can be used in their research and writing. Examples and sources used in the classes are based on the students' research assignments.

Lower Rio Grande Valley Special Collection Orientation
Encourage your students to learn more about southern Texas and northeastern Mexico through the use of primary and secondary sources. Orientations are provided both for general classes, such as UNIV or English courses, or can be geared toward a specific subject, such as history, education, and criminal justice. Orientations highlight our printed resources and non-book materials, including oral histories, maps, or archival resources. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Collection orientation may be incorporated into a general library instruction session, or be scheduled as a stand-alone session. Contact Janette Garcia at janette@utpa.edu, or call at (956) 665-2990.

Internet/ Web Evaluation
Most students use the free internet as their first stop in the research process. This course helps students learn how to search the web more effectively and how to critically evaluate the sources they find online. It also helps students decide when the web might provide the best sources for information and when it would be better to use a database, print journal, or book.

Course-Specific Classes
Based on the content and the types of materials students are expected to use in a specific course. These courses can be designed for any level of student.

Finding Articles/ Finding Books
These are short classes that you can schedule any time during the semester as needed. The course consists of catalog or database demonstrations that focus on the research goals of your class.

Library Resources for Majors
If your department has a class that all new majors are required to take, consider scheduling an instruction class that introduces students to the classic reference and research sources in your field. This class includes subject-specific database instruction and an overview of web-based materials in the field of study.

Library Tours
We are always happy to schedule a library tour for your class, either as part of one of the sessions above or separately.

Distance Education
We can work with faculty to make sure that their distance education students are able to best access library resources. The type of instruction will depend on the needs of the class and the technology that is being used.

Creating Library Exercises
Librarians are available to assist with the creation of library exercises/assignments and to review assignments currently in use.

To Schedule Library Instruction online, please click here. For more information, please email our Head of Reference and Instructional Services Librarian Stefanie Lapka, lapkasa@utpa.edu, or call at (956) 665-7046.

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Graduate Classes

Introduction to Graduate Research at UTPA Library
An introduction to library services for graduate students. This class includes an overview of subject-specific databases and reference materials for the field of study and a discussion of how to find materials not readily available at our library.

Graduate-level Subject Specialization Classes
These classes focus on specific research areas within a given field of study.

Individualized Database Training
In-depth examinations of discipline-specific databases.

Support for Graduate Assistants
Help with designing library assignments that will compliment your syllabi and learning objects for undergraduate classes.

Creating Library Exercises
Librarians are available to assist with the creation of library exercises/assignments and to review assignments currently in use.

To Schedule Library Instruction online, please click here. For more information, please email our Head of Reference and Instructional Services Librarian Stefanie Lapka, lapkasa@utpa.edu, or call at (956) 665-7046.

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Faculty, Staff, and Administration

Customized Training
Librarians are available to come to faculty or staff meetings to speak on a variety of subjects concerning our services and materials, including demonstrations of new databases or database changes in your discipline. We also give workshops on using library assignments to optimize student learning, how to minimize plagiarism, and other topics related to information literacy.

One-on-One Research Consultations
Training in new electronic resources such as subject-specific databases.

Other Classes
Our goal is to provide students, faculty, and staff with the tools that they need to use our information resources effectively. If you have an idea for a class other than those listed above, please let us know.

To Schedule Library Instruction online, please click here. For more information, please email our Head of Reference and Instructional Services Librarian Stefanie Lapka, lapkasa@utpa.edu, or call at (956) 665-7046.

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