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Faculty Information at Spokane Falls Community College: Scheduling a class

Research Instruction Menu

 Library Research Instruction a La Carte

The following are information literacy skills you may ask the librarian to address in your library instruction class or check with the librarians for ideas on how you might teach this yourself.

We strongly recommend either hands on in class or a shorter instructional session with homework.


Introduction to the SFCC Library webpage  

5 minutes

Finding and using Books online.  This includes using the online catalog , registering for e-books, Locating reserve items, placing holds on books, reqesting books from SCC and  using Winborrow to request books from Gonzaga and Whitworth 

15 – 20 minutes

Periodicals Research.  Identify appropriate databases.  Demonstrate keyword and Boolean database search techniques Other Databases      5 minutes for each differently structured database (CQ, Opposing Viewpoints, Gale Reference, Marketline, Literary Databases, JSTOR)   

15-20 minutes Hands on follow-up is very important

Understanding  audience, authority and the publication process: Scholarly/Popular/Trade  Publications may be evaluated.

50 minute in-class exercise or instruction and homework

Citing sources  using MLA or APA  and intext citations


50 minutes

Evaluating a website.  How to locate the important information about a website and how to rate a websites credibility.


15 minutes with homework or 50 minutes class workshop

Identifying scholarly Internet resources and using Google Scholar for free


15 minutes

Locating Book Reviews  This could include posting to Amazon or Librarything


10-15 minutes

Dissecting  Wikipedia: What are the criteria for a good research article?


15 minutes +homework

Scheduling a research class with a librarian

Scheduling a research class with one of the librarians.

The librarians teach beginning and advanced classes on database research, web site and resource evaluation, advanced search techniques, using the web and Google Scholar for academic research, dissecting and understanding scholarly research articles,  citation formatting and other research related topics.

Instructors should call to reserve a time at least 2 weeks prior to the class. All classes are individualized and geared to meet class specific research needs. Active learning and hands on activities are emphasized whenever possible. 

All classes are designed in consultation with the instructor to meet specific research learning objectives appropriate for the discipline.

To arrange a session, please contact:


Sharde' Mills 533-3224





CCS Policy Library Instruction Classrooms



The library Instruction classrooms are located as follows:

·               SFCC Library: 2-211

As the center of the CCS Library Services’ information literacy curriculum, library instruction classrooms are available first and foremost for library instruction. Library instruction is provided by librarians or by other faculty members in collaboration with librarians. Other instructional activities in the library classrooms may be scheduled on an occasional basis, but these activities will not take precedence over their primary use. Room reservation contacts:

 SFCC      Instructional Services Librarian, Sharde' Mills    (533-3224)       

                  Summer: SFCC Library Reference Desk                    (533-3834)

                  Room 206 (ITV) or if unable to reach the numbers above  (533-7045)

All non-library instructional activities must be scheduled through a librarian (SFCC) or through the CCS Library Services’ administrative assistant (SCC)

Non-librarian use of the classrooms may be scheduled in room 206 when not in use for ITV.  This practice minimizes the number of non-library cancellations.

 Library instruction is often scheduled on short notice. Because Library use of the classroom always has priority, non-library reservations may be cancelled with two (2) days notice to the instructor. 


Scheduling a research class with a librarian.