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Ideas for building first year students' research skills

Course Research Guides

Contact a librarian if you would like a research guide related to your course topics and assignments.  We will consult with you and create customized web pages.

For examples, see

Library research guides

Course guides can be embedded in Moodle pages.  Ask a librarian for more information.

Library Hours

New Student Days

  • Monday-Friday   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday   1:00 - 5:00 pm

Academic Term

  • Monday-Thursday   8:00 am - 1:00 am
  • Friday   8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday   11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday  11:00 am - 1:00 am

Consult with Library and Archives Staff

Library and Archives staff can help you plan research assignments and library sessions that fit in the context of your course.  You can schedule hands-on sessions that introduce resources and specific research skills.  Arranging a library session when an assignment is given usually increases students’ motivation.

You can contact staff at any time. 

For library and research instruction sessions

To make arrangements for Archives sessions related to Beloit College history

For Archives sessions related to digital sources

To request items to be added to the library collection, you can fill out a purchase request form, or contact Josh, Chris, or Meghan.  We can help you select relevant items, too.


Syllabus and Moodle Information

Note to faculty:  Most students do not know that librarians are research consultants.  We need to tell them this. 

Consider including the text below, or similar information, in your syllabus or Moodle pages.

For help with research, you can stop at the Library Reference Desk or call 363-2544 to ask questions most hours the library is open.  You can also send an email to for assistance.  Library staff will consult on research strategies, database selection, and finding sources for your assignments.  More information is on the Library web page at

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