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Instruction services for Fraser International College (FIC)

The SFU Library is pleased to offer support to Fraser International College instructors 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 understanding the differences between popular and scholarly sources.

Customised library research instruction (in-person)

Instruction that is tailored to a specific course assignment may 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 to discuss options.
  • Instructors must attend the workshops with their classes.
  • Workshops are usually 60-90 minutes long. Standard concepts covered during these sessions usually include some of the following (customised to the needs of the students):
    • - general orientation to key library services and resources 
      - developing a research strategy (such as narrowing and focusing a topic, mind-mapping and brainstorming keywords, etc,)
      - navigating relevant library resources such as the library catalogue and subject-specific databases
      - evaluating and refining research results 
      - why and how to cite sources using style guides and/or citation management tools
  • Instructors can request instruction or get in touch for further information via an email to

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  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.