Monday, September 28, 2020

Welcome!

Welcome to the Library Instruction Materials Blog!

The Instruction team here at Minnesota State University's Memorial Library is busy creating materials for you. Except, we created all of this awesome content and then realized there's no easy way to get it out there! Thus, this blog was born. We'll be using this blog solely to send out updates about new videos, guides, and handouts that could be useful to you or in your classroom. Feel free to contact us if you'd like any  of the materials personalized... that's what we're here for!


Thursday, December 13, 2018

New APA Tutorials!

By popular request, we've created a set of APA tutorials to guide students through some of the finer points of using a citation style! Our new tutorials include:
These tutorials will work on D2L, have questions and activities incorporated, and are created specifically for you! Currently, you can find them on our Tutorials Guide and our Citations Guide. They'll also soon also be featured in our toolkit!

a picture of our tutorials guide and the new tutorials featured uncer the incorporating and citing sources tab
Our Tutorial Guide featuring new Tutorials!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Winter is Coming... and so is a new MavScholar!

This winter, Library Services will update many of its online systems. These updates will result in a new MavScholar! Library employees have already begun work on this migration. We hope to move forward with minimal inconvenience to Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty, and staff. However, this migration will impact the way you search for library materials, your online Library account, and any links you may have saved to records in MavScholar or the library catalog

Also, from January 24 through January 29, 2019, the library system will enter a brief freeze for the final stage of the migration. This freeze will temporarily affect the availability of some services, including interlibrary loan and online renewals.

For more details about how this migration will impact you, visit our guide MavScholar & Library System Migration Guide at libguides.mnsu.edu/migration. For additional questions and concerns, contact Metadata & Emerging Technologies Librarian Bobby Bothmann at robert.bothmann@mnsu.edu.

a picture of our online migration guide.
Check out our online guide for updates!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Updated Newspaper Guide

Are you curious what newspapers are available through the library? Our newly revised Newspaper Guide can help! It has links to various newspaper databases (based on geography) along with explanations of what newspaper resources are available in the library and where!

Our newspaper guide on https://libguides.mnsu.edu/newspapers
Our Newspaper Guide!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Updated Confirmation Bias Assignment!

We were recently requested to modify our Confirmation Bias Tutorial... so we made a new version! Confirmation Bias Tutorial 2.0 is still a comprehensive lesson on Confirmation bias, but we've made the following changes:

  • The tutorial starts with the coffee assignment from our Confirmation Bias Assignment
  • The Ted Talk was removed from this draft (makes it shorter!)
  • Easy-to-read steps and tips at the end
This assignment is a great comprehensive lesson, but we'd love to hear what you think! Do you like version 2.0 better or the original Confirmation Bias Tutorial? You can send your feedback to Jenny Turner at jennifer.turner@mnsu.edu

Confirmation Bias Tutorial 2.0
Confirmation Bias Tutorial 2.0

Friday, October 19, 2018

Evaluating Web Sources

Want to help your students determine if those sources they're finding online are reliable or not? Check out our new Evaluating Web Sources video! It applies our new and improved "CABLES" to websites with plenty of examples. Happy researching!




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Books & eBooks Suite

A new suite of materials is ready for you to use! Our "Books & eBooks" suite of pages includes text directions, videos, and do-it-yourself tutorials on the following topics:


 These resources can be customized for individual classes.  Contact Justine Martin (justine.martin@mnsu.edu or 507-389-2251) for more information.
a picture of our books and ebooks suite
Our Books & eBooks Suite!


Friday, August 31, 2018

A New and Improved CABLES!

The Library Instruction team has been hard at work over the summer to create some exciting new materials for you!

Firstly, our classic CABLE source evaluation assignment has been updated to a Google Slideshow, in order to make it more accessible and easy-to-use!

Second, we've updated the acronym to include an "S" for Support... meaning we now look for CABLES! This new enhanced acronym is more inclusive of what factors we look for in a good source.

You can check out our new slideshow, along with handouts on our Source Credibility Guide! But don't worry, our original CABLE material is still lurking there too, in case you adore the old acronym!

Our new CABLES presentation online
Our new CABLES presentation!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Using Library Databases Tutorial

We've been at it again! Below you'll find a 5 minute video about library databases. This video explains how databases work, compares databases to Google, shows students how to access library databases, and offers examples of how to find a complete article in a database! Happy researching!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Journal Article DIY Tutorials - Our Journal Article Suite!

New, interactive resources are now available to find and use journal articles. Library Services has created an entire suite of pages that contain do-it yourself tutorials, search boxes, and instructions to help you:

·       Find Articles by Topic
·       Find a Specific Article or Journal
·       Find Articles with Google Scholar
·       Analyze Scholarly Articles
·       “Peer Review” Defined 
·      Get  Articles from Other Libraries 


 These resources can be customized for individual classes.  Contact Justine Martin (justine.martin@mnsu.edu or 507-389-2251) for more information.
Check out our new Journal Articles Suite!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Finding Books in Memorial Library - Video Tutorials

We here on the Instruction team work hard to try and keep materials up-to-date for you. Because of this, our videos on how to search for books and find books in Memorial Library have recently been updated (even with navigation from the new website update)! You can find the first of our book videos below, which shows watchers how to search for a book Memorial Library has on the shelves.