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Library Instruction


Library Learning Lab: 1L-214



The mission of the Library Instruction Program is to support CSI’s General Education curriculum goal of information literacy and provide students with the skills necessary for college and graduate level discipline-specific research. Library faculty seek to encourage the habits of critical inquiry and lifelong learning which are key elements of participation in a global information society.

In-Person (face to face) Library Instruction

CUNY has announced that all campuses will move to online instruction on March 19th for the duration of the semester in response to the Coronavirus. The Library's instruction program must follow suit. To protect the health and safety of our student/staff/faculty community, we will likewise NOT be doing in-person instruction for the spring 2020 semester. We will do our best to locate and share online instruction resources with our community so that students can continue their research needs during this health crisis. Our database collections of articles and ebooks are all available from off campus. You need your SLAS or FLAS and password to log in from home.

Thank you for your patience! We are all scrambling to do our best in a tough situation.

Videos about Library Databases

Navigating the CSI Library Website

Searching Specific Databases

Introductory Online Tutorials (NOT for clue credit)

We have created a suite of information literacy & research tutorials to help students get started using the library. These tutorials were designed with first-year students in mind, but they are equally useful for any student, faculty, or staff member who needs an introduction to our library's services. To better serve our student community, we have matched the lessons to our ENG 111 and ENG 151 instruction. During the fall and spring semesters we publish a long online tutorial with a quiz, which students can take for CC-CLUE credit. Students can choose to send the quiz results directly to their own emails or to their professor's email, based on their needs.

CC-CLUE Tutorial

Library Instruction for ENG 151

For faculty teaching English 151 courses, please note that as a result of new collaboration with the English Department, we have created an assignment linked below for students to perform prior to coming in for Library Instruction.  Please have your students complete the assignment linked below, and we will complete the additional pages during the Library Instruction session.  The Librarian will provide the rest of the assignment during the library class.

Is your class coming to the CSI library? Download your assignment below!