What We Teach

We are able to incorporate a number of concepts into our instruction sessions. Below is a sampling of what we can teach. Please feel free to contact us if you don’t see a topic that you would like covered. We can develop something or put you in contact with one of our colleagues across campus with that topic expertise.

We teach to undergraduate students; graduate students; post-docs; faculty;  research, instructional and administrative staff; and members of the public, including pre-college students.

We provide instruction in Steenbock Library’s teaching spaces primarily but will also teach in other spaces on the UW Madison campus if desired.

UW Libraries Services

  • Building and virtual resources orientations
  • Navigating the library website
  • Finding electronic full text
  • Article delivery
  • Borrowing and interlibrary loan services
  • Services to non-UW or distance patrons
  • How to get help

Citation Managers

  • Overviews and comparison of tools
  • Specific tools: EndNote, EndNote Basic, Mendeley, Zotero

Literature and Data Discovery

  • General and discipline-specific literature databases (selected examples); special formats
    • Pubmed
    • Web of Science
    • Biological Abstracts
    • SciFinder
    • Compendex (via Engineering Villiage)
    • Dissertations/theses
    • News/popular press/media
    • Patents/trademarks
    • Standards
  • Books & e-Books
    • Using the UW Library Catalog
    • e-Book services and how to use them
    • Finding resources from other campuses and libraries
  • Data and Data Management
    • Resources for finding datasets
    • Data Management/Data Plans
    • Data repositories
  • Using Scientific Literature
    • Getting started with library research
    • Primary versions secondary literature distinctions
    • Reading scientific literature
    • Using citation networks for information discovery
    • Scholarly publishing process
    • Measuring impact of work with article and journal level metrics
    • Staying current with the literature
    • Evidence-based practice
    • Citing/citations
  • Publishing Process
    • Scholarly publishing process
    • Targeting journals to submit to
    • Copyright basics
    • Journal metrics/impact factors
    • Style guides/citation
    • Open access

Cloud Tools/Productivity

  • Staying current with the literature
  • Collaborating with UW Madison Box
  • Collaborating with UW Madison Google Drive
  • Journal tables of contents through Browzine