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Services for Fraser International College (FIC) instructors

The SFU Library is pleased to offer support to Fraser International College students by offering instruction in library research. Students will be introduced to the services and collections of an academic library, and will develop information literacy skills that can be applied in the FIC program and throughout their academic careers.

Instruction is offered through the following options:

Point of need instruction

General reference assistance is available to FIC students through our Ask A Librarian services, in person at all three campus libraries, by email and through the AskAway chat reference service. 

Self-directed instruction

FIC students may also use the Library’s online tutorials at any time to learn skills like how to use the Library catalogue, and knowing the difference between popular and scholarly sources.

Introductory Library instruction for FIC students

FIC instructors may request class visits where students will be given a combination of a Library tour and scavenger hunt, in order to introduce them to the Library’s approachable and friendly services as well as our resources.

  • Requests must be made using our online request form at least one month in advance, and are dependent on staffing and space resources.
  • Instructors must attend with the classes.
  • Instructors can request instruction or get in touch for further information via an email to lib-learn@sfu.ca .

Customised instruction (in-person)

Instruction that is tailored to a specific course assignment may also be requested by FIC instructors when there is a library research component.

  • Requests must be made using our online request form at least one month in advance, and are dependent on staffing and space resources.
    • As space and staff are usually booked up early, we recommend requesting specialised instruction as early as possible, ideally before the start of the semester.
    • Please note that library instruction labs can generally hold a maximum of 35 students.
    • For classes where a computer lab isn’t required, and for larger groups, library instructors can sometimes visit FIC facilities. Please contact us at lib-learn@sfu.ca to discuss options.
  • Instructors must attend the workshops with their classes.
  • Workshops are usually 1.5 – 2 hours long. Standard concepts covered during these sessions usually include some of the following (customised to the needs of the students):
    • Finding books
    • Finding articles
    • Scholarly versus popular materials
    • Citing sources and plagiarism
    • How to narrow or broaden topics
    • Pros and cons of using Google
  • Instructors can request instruction or get in touch for further information via an email to lib-learn@sfu.ca.

Other customised instruction options

In addition to in-person teaching, the Library can provide other instruction options such as:

  • Online research guides tailored to a course assignment
  • Online tutorials and quizzes

Instructors are invited to contact the Library at  lib-learn@sfu.ca  to discuss the best approach for their classes.

 

For further information on the Library’s services to FIC students, see the Services for You Fraser International College students.