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Library Resources for Faculty: Schedule Library Instruction

An overview of library resources pertinent to Norfolk State University faculty.

Schedule Library Instruction

When, Where, Why, What, Who, How

Library instruction is available for students, faculty and staff at Norfolk State University and the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.

Faculty may ask for Library Instruction for their students for any course. Whether for a general introduction to library services/resources, for a particular assignment, or for information about specific resources, Librarians can customize a session to fit the needs of the course. Instruction Sessions can be done in the Library, the classroom, or online.

If you are not sure what we teach or how long a topic will take, click here and this  link will assist you in selecting a library instructional session for your class.


To request a session, use our online library instruction request form

What will the students learn in a library session?

  • How to define a research topic/question
  • How to develop search keywords and broaden or narrow a search
  • How to use the Library catalog and online databases
  • How to evaluate the quality of sources found, including websites
  • How to read a scholarly article and use citations
  • How to find different kinds of information, including primary and secondary sources
  • Differences between library databases and the "free web" or Google
  • The proper way to cite sources using the appropriate style

Feel free to email us about your class' specific research and information needs, so we can tailor our library instruction sessions accordingly.

Bibliographic Insruction vs Information Literacy

Make an Appointment

The Lyman Beecher Brooks Library provides research consultation or one-on-one assistance to help students develop a research strategy and find resources for a paper, presentation etc.  Students can make an appointment with a reference librarian for individualized research advice. It is available to all students! We can provide this service in person in the library, over the phone or via web conferencing


Forms are available online, or they may call us at 757-823-8517.