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Research Guides

The Learning Services department is currently offering a range of online resources and OWRC consultations you can mix and match to meet the needs of students in your composition classes this year. Our goal is for students to learn how to use information strategically and effectively, ask questions, and hone their research skills in a manner that is supportable by you and our Learning Services staff.

We recommend that you start the process by booking a consultation with one of our staff to discuss your course and assignment learning goals and discover ways to use our free learning resources to meet your students' needs.

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Option 1a: Consultations [for instructors]

  • Use the consultation option to get a better understanding of the research requirements of your syllabus and help you choose which option on the menu is right for your needs.  Discuss assignment design, ideas for information literacy activities, best uses of Canvas materials, and other ways to help your students practice information research skills, identify and use sources appropriately, or to help develop an appropriate and effective research assignment for your course.
  • Familiarize yourself with UW Libraries resources and services for extending your students' learning about key practices in finding and using information sources: DIY Information Literacy Instruction Resources

Option 1b: Research Consultations [for students]

Encourage your students to make an appointment with a Student Research Consultant on defining a research question, exploring background information, narrowing or broadening a topic, finding appropriate sources, and identifying useful and credible information. Choose from online appointments via Zoom or an in-person appointment in the OWRC. Urge your class to make as many appointments as they need.  Our conversational approach promotes learning transfer and a deeper understanding of inquiry.

Copy and paste the link below to point your students toward a consultation booking in the Odegaard Writing & Research Center:


Option 2: In-Class Workshops

30-45 minute guided active learning exercises by a Student Research Consultant that can take place in your classroom or (in some cases) via Zoom. Workshop availability is dependent upon consultants' schedules. [Because of scheduling, travel, and other considerations, this option is not available for UW in the High School sections.]

Choose from the following topics:]

TIP: If students need a quiet place to attend a Zoom class visit, they can use Scout to find study spaces across campus. Selecting a space in Odegaard Library will automatically place them close to the OWRC where more help may be available.


Option 3: Online Tutorials

Option A: The Undergraduate Researcher Tutorial A research tutorial on many critical aspects of finding, evaluating, and using sources for newer students. Its six modules cover strategic reading, evaluating information, database search skills, citation and its management, sharing research, and finding school/life balance.  Feel free to explore and choose any module or unit that supports or extends your learning goals by assigning a module to students or importing tutorial content from Canvas Commons.  If appropriate use of any resource is unclear, book an instructor consultation to speak to a librarian about ways to make this option work for you.

Option B: The Library Research 101 Notebook* is a self-paced Google Forms-based interactive activity that you can assign to orient your students to the Libraries' research tools and to help them do some introductory research. While it is designed to be completed asynchronously, it can also be used as the outline for a class, as long as students have means to complete the form and perform the searches they are prompted to do along the way. 

Two options for using the Notebook:

  1. Complete the public version of the Notebook, have results emailed to them, and forward them on to you;
  2. Or, create a copy of the Notebook for your own class, and either use it as-is or tweak the content to suit your individual class assignments. You will see the results of your students' work as individual responses and collated in Google Sheet upon completion. 


Tech tip: The Notebook is a Google Form, so the UW IT Connect website is your source for specific technical support, and the Google Workplace Learning Center has excellent guides for training and help.  


* The Notebook was inspired by a similar project at UC Berkeley.

More Options


UW Libraries Teaching & Learning Portal for Instructors.

An overview on all aspects of Libraries support for your course or section, including managing course materials, use of handouts and tutorials, synchronous and asynchronous online class instruction and workshops, consultations for either you or your students, and assignment design collaboration. Essentially a web-based version of this document.

Two of our most-consulted guides introduce students to the basic concepts and tools for source evaluation and the purposes and practice of citation in various styles.



Library 101 Toolkit for Instructors (From Duke University Libraries)

Lessons and activities aimed at writing instructors and librarians to teach basic research skills and concepts.

English Composition Research Guide [for students]

Student-facing research guide that presents some basic multidisciplinary research sources appropriate for most 100-level PWR courses. Gets students into the habit of using the Libraries discipline-focused Research Guides as a starting point for literature review.

Multimodal Support

Odegaard Sound Studio

Odegaard library houses a sound studio that both instructors and their students can book. The second floor desk also checks out microphones that do not pick up sound unless spoken into. It is the perfect space for instructors interested in audio/video pedagogies and podcasts and there are technicians available who can help set up. 

Learning Technologies Workshop Support

Online video workshops include Photoshop fundamentals, Audacity (audio editing application), and iMovie (Apple film editing).

Digital Storytelling

Learn tools and techniques to communicate your research in a more engaging manner.

Open Scholarship Commons Group Working Spaces

In-person services and collaboration spaces for 21st century open scholarship. Scroll down the page for availability and booking for space