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Course Embedded Information Literacy Instruction Sessions

USC Libraries offers course embedded library instruction sessions tied to information literacy learning outcomes. We aim to create customized sessions for your class that help students develop their research topics, use library resources, and critically evaluate information and authority. You can request an instructional collaboration using our Instruction Request form. We ask for at least two weeks advance notice when requesting instruction sessions. We also ask that instructors are present with their class during the session. 

Library Orientations

The USC Libraries offers multiple ways to introduce students, staff, and faculty to the resources, services, and spaces available to them through the Libraries.  We provide targeted orientation and outreach programming as well as point-of-need resources, including our Orientation at USC Libraries Guide, for Trojans at various stages of their academic careers.

WRIT 150 Instruction

USC Librarians work with Writing 150 instructors on developing course-tailored instruction sessions. We have a team of subject liaisons dedicated to the Writing 150 Thematics. You can request a library instruction session using our Instruction Request form. We ask for at least two weeks advance notice when requesting instruction sessions. We also ask that instructors are present with their class during the session.

In addition to the course embedded instruction sessions, USC Librarians have created and made available extensive asynchronous learning content, including an Introduction to the USC Libraries Tutorial, an Introduction to Searching at the USC Libraries Tutorial, as well video tutorials available to introduce students to the research process. 
We created a Research Guide which holds all of the above-mentioned resources and more to be shared with WRIT150 students.


Faculty instructors seeking advanced information literacy instruction for WRIT 340 or GESM courses can email the librarian for your department or school directly. If you are not sure which librarian to contact, please select the librarian whose subject expertise most closely relates to the topic of the class. To view the list and contact information, go to USC Subject Librarians.

Information Literacy Instruction within the Disciplines

USC Libraries’ subject experts are available to deliver research and instructional support within the disciplines. Please view the list of USC Subject Librarians to contact the specialist within your area to set up instruction requests within your department. Our subject experts look forward to hearing from you! 

Librarians have also created extensive Research Guides for students and faculty. The Research Guides can be searched by subject, courses, or topic. 

There are also many video tutorials available for help with research skills within the disciplines.


Primary Source Literacy Instruction

USC Libraries' Special Collections department facilitates course-integrated, hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate courses. Visit their website to learn more and to request a class visit.

Student-curated exhibit curation as a teaching tool in Special Collections. Learn more.


Instructional Design Support and Assignment Design

The USC Libraries offers instructional design pedagogical support for your classes, including syllabus construction and individual research assignment design. Please contact Instructional Design Librarian Kevin Klipfel ( for individual consultations about your classes. 


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