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Instructional Services

USC Libraries employees offer instruction to further the University’s mission to educate students—from freshmen to postdoctoral researchers—by supporting their development as scholars and enhancing their experience as lifelong learners. A key service is course-integrated information literacy instruction.

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. The USC Libraries builds upon the Association of College & Research Libraries' "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education" as well as similar discipline-specific standards to introduce students to tools for research and resources to enhance critical thinking about data, evidence and information.

Faculty and instructors may request library instruction for their classes by using the online Request-A-Class form (additional information is also on the web page where the form resides). We can facilitate hands-on sessions in Leavey Library learning rooms, or come to your classroom.

You can also Request-A-Tour of our libraries. During the tour, attendees will learn about the services provided by USC Libraries, visit departmental/main libraries and the 'stacks' as well as learn about virtual library services.

For other online tutorials and research skills builders, see tutorials.