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Burke Library’s Information Literacy Program endeavors to provide students the research skills essential for intellectual exploration and academic success; to empower library users in effectively locating, organizing, and evaluating information from multiple sources—laying the foundation for critical inquiry, informed understanding, and the creation of new knowledge.

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Library Instruction

Hamilton faculty are encouraged to bring classes or groups to Burke Library for instruction in doing library research. Most library instruction sessions occur during regularly scheduled class time in the library’s Couper Classroom. These sessions can...

  • Instruct students in the development of a research strategy
  • Help develop critical thinking skills
  • Provide an introduction to the library catalog to locate books and eBooks
  • Demonstrate the use of both general and subject specific databases
  • Help select, evaluate, and cite authoritative information sources
  • Explain library services and procedures
  • Support student success

Librarians have discovered that students benefit most from hands-on library instruction when their professors provide clearly developed research assignments, prior to the library instruction session. In order to best address information literacy learning objectives, it is highly recommended that a library research assignment is assigned in conjunction with the library instruction session.  To arrange for specialized library instruction, contact a liaison librarian to discuss library-related assignments.  Faculty may also submit requests through our library instruction form.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of library instruction, the following guidelines are suggested:

  • Requests should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date that the instruction session is needed.
  • Requests for instruction should be accompanied by a copy of the research assignment. Assignments should specify the purpose of the paper or project, the number and types of sources to be used, and the requested citation style.
  • If at all possible, it is recommended that students know their research topic(s) prior to the library session. If a basic library orientation class is being requested with no research paper assignment given, it is suggested that a simple research assignment be developed in collaboration with the instructing librarian.
  • The instructor's presence at the session is welcomed and required.


Throughout the year, and by request, librarians are available to provide specialized workshops on topics such as RefWorks, E-books, using digital images, and more. For further information, contact your liaison librarian or submit your request through askref@hamilton.edu.

Research Appointments

Opportunities for individual consultation with research librarians are available to all students and faculty. Make an appointment with a research librarian for individualized assistance with research papers, senior projects, theses and more. To make arrangements, please stop by the Information Desk in Burke Library or request an appointment through our convenient research appointment request form.

Blended Course Design - Teaching and Learning with Technology

Through the HILLgroup, research librarians, instructional technologists and other academic support partners provide collaborative course support to help students develop multimodal learning and presentation skills. Explore the wide range of possibilities for your courses through HILLgroup’s Technology in Teaching Showcase.

For more information, please contact HILLgrp@hamilton.edu.

Research Support within Blackboard

Librarians are available to create course guides, containing information and links to assignment specific library resources, for faculty to incorporate into their Blackboard course sites.  Faculty who wish to utilize this service should consult with their departmental library liaison.

Your Personal Librarian Program

Burke Library’s “Your Personal Librarian” (YPL) program provides students with a direct and personal link to the library. Personal Librarians provide tailored research assistance, offer support with databases and other resources, workshops, and more. First-year students are assigned to a librarian at the beginning of each fall semester, in collaboration with first-year faculty advisement.

Personal Librarians can provide:

  • A low stress, inviting environment to learn about scholarly research and library services.
  • An opportunity to ask questions outside of the classroom, with regard to assignments and resources.
  • The inside track for successful research & information skills in support of curricular or extra-curricular interests.
  • One librarian who is particularly dedicated to a student's academic success, throughout the four years at Hamilton.

Questions about the YPL program? Please contact Glynis Asu, Research and Instructional Support Librarian, at 315-859-4482.