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ncLibraries + Learning Commons Faculty/Staff Services

Library Instruction

ncLibraries offers the following in-class, or online, sessions upon request:

  • General Library Orientation: introduction to college-level research and library services and resources; includes an overview of how to find items using the library catalogue, databases, and subject guides, with special emphasis on how to use databases effectively.  Recommended for first year students.
  • Advanced Searching Techniques: more in-depth look at database searching using advanced Boolean operators, a deeper look at limiters, and alternative ways to search. Recommended for students with database experience.
  • Individual Database Demonstration: an extended look at any database you would like your class to master.  Recommended for specialized databases such as MarketLine.
  • Copyright and Open Sources: students learn the importance of using information legally and are exposed to open source alternatives such as Wikimedia Commons and finding items licensed under Creative Commons.

One-on-one consultations between students and library liaisons are also available by appointment, phone, e-mail, online chat, or drop-in inquiries at either campus library. Look for your liaison's contact information in your program's Subject Guide. 

To book a session for your class, please contact:

Gordana Vitez
Manager,  Library & Learning Commons
Email: gvitez@niagaracollege.ca

ncLibraries has created several online library tutorials that introduce research and academic integrity skills to students. These tutorials are a combination of text, short videos, and quiz questions that have an average completion time of 15 to 45 minutes. Once the tutorials are completed, students receive an email summary, which can be forwarded onto their professor as proof of completion. Links to our most popular modules can be found below. Please see our Information Literacy guide for a complete list of tutorials and videos.  Feel free to contact library@niagaracollege.ca if you have any questions. 

Online Tutorials

According to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, "Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." 

For further information on the ACRL Framework, see these excellent videos from the University of Cincinnati.

Embedding core information literacy concepts within your curriculum supports Niagara College's mission, "to provide outstanding applied education and training for a changing world."  Information literacy education also helps students acquire the Essential Employability Skills defined by Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, specifically regarding critical thinking & problem solving and information management

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This handbook introduces and reinforces essential information literacy skills for students beginning their post-secondary careers. The material is directed specifically at Niagara College students, but can be used by anyone.

Subjects include: avoiding plagiarism, generating search terms, effective internet searching, evaluating information, references, and more.



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