Monday, September 28, 2020


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!

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 ( 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 ( 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.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Confirmation Bias

Looking to make your students aware of Confirmation Bias? We have tutorials for that! There are two available for use. First, our Confirmation Bias Tutorial is a complete lesson with questions estimated to take 45 min - 1 hour. It comes complete with Ted Talk and news clips! It works best in a Firefox browser, and could be a great substitute for an at-home class session. Second is our Confirmation Bias Assignment. This shorter assignment (~25 minutes) has students compare articles on coffee to identify their own confirmation biases.

The Confirmation Bias Tutorial
The Confirmation Bias Tutorial

As always, feel free to contact Jenny Turner if you want these tutorials personalized, or want your class results sent to you!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Searching for Articles by Topic

Interested in helping students find articles based on a topic? Look no farther! We have a YouTube video that explains the process, and even a  Finding Articles by Topic Tutorial walk-through that students can use! Both of them are available through our Tutorials page.

As always, we can personalize the walk-through tutorial if you're interested, just contact Jenny Turner!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fighting Fake News

Your Instructional librarians have created an online tutorial called "Is this Fake News?" to help your students navigate source credibility and defeat fake news! This tutorial helps students define fake news, encourages them to view information through a critical lens, and leads them through activities to practice assessing news content. This activity is estimated to take about 45 minutes.
The Fake News tutorial

If you would like to have this tutorial personalized for your class, or want to review and collect student answers, please contact Jenny Turner (

Monday, January 8, 2018

Newly Updated Book Search on Website

The book search on our own has been updated! It is now labeled the "Books & Media" tab and will search for all types of materials, even ebooks. If you're looking for a Thesis or APP however, be sure to check the small box below the search box!