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Purdue University Fort Wayne Helmke Library

Library Teaching Services

Librarian Pop-in Instructions

Librarian Pop-ins

Pop-ins are short sessions, typically 5-15 minutes, where the librarian can introduce your class to a basic library service.  These short sessions are not meant to teach your students how to use the library, but to introduce the idea.  Pop-ins can cover such things as:

  • Navigating the Library homepage
  • Basics of Library Search
  • Use the catalog for books and DVDs

Teaching online? 

We have a video version of our most commonly requested pop-ins you can drop right into Blackboard.

Need something a little more robust?  Don't worry, we've got you covered!  Learn more below. 

In the Classroom: Library Teaching Services

Woman with a laptop, hands in the air in triumph Our customizable library activities include but are not limited to:

  • initial topic brainstorming and development
  • overview of sources for a particular topic, discipline, or assignment
  • use of online and print research tools
  • evaluating the credibility of sources
  • identifying types of sources: scholarly vs popular, primary vs secondary  
  • database-specific instruction: e.g. Nexis Uni, Scopus, PsycInfo
  • strategies for avoiding plagiarism
  • strategies for finding copyright-free images
  • digital literacy
  • Scaffolded information literacy instruction over a series of courses or program
  • Support for student research, presentation or publication


We offer these activities in a variety of formats to fit your course: 

  • a classroom “pop-in” introduction
  • an in-depth presentation to your course in the classroom
  • synchronous webinar
  • hands-on research session in a computer lab
  • creation of an online research guide
  • creation of an online tutorial or video
  • collaborating on effective assignment development and on student assessment
  • librarian embedded into Blackboard course


If you would like to talk to a librarian about any of these options, please contact your liaison librarian. 

General Education Courses: Meeting Information Literacy Learning Objectives

 Our information literacy goals intersect with many General  Education statewide student learning outcomes for each competency,  notably Foundational Intellectual Skills 1.7 and 2.5 and Ways of Knowing 4.6, 5.3 and 6.2

 These competencies include:

  • reading, evaluating, analyzing, and using material collected from electronic sources (such as visual, electronic, library databases, Internet sources, other official databases, federal government databases, reputable blogs, wikis, etc.)
  • credible and relevant evidence to support an oral argument
  • reliable sources of scientific evidence
  • basic literacy in social, behavioral, or historical research methods and analyses
  • disciplinary methodologies, epistemologies, and traditions of the humanities and the arts, including the ability to distinguish primary and secondary sources

For faculty teaching General Education courses and departmental curriculum committees designing content, the Library is a natural partner in the classroom to achieve and document these outcomes.  For ideas on how to partner with us, see the box above.