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Instructional Services and Workshops

KSL staff have expertise in a variety of research methods, subject areas, and digital tools. We are happy to partner with faculty on course-integrated instruction as well as standalone workshops.

Library staff offer custom sessions on topics listed below (and more) for curricular or non-curricular support. Groups can be hosted in KSL or instruction can be brought to any location on campus. Depending on your needs we can craft anything from quick drop-in instruction to a multiple class session series. We can even help with designing effective research and digital project assignments.

Don’t see what you’re looking for listed? Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure (RCCI) and UCITE also offer workshops and other training opportunities.

Want to work with us, or even just explore the possibilities? Email us at

Scheduled workshops: KSL events and workshops calendar 

Online learning videos and tutorials: Mastering Research @KSL, or try LinkedIn Learning 


Topics and Expertise

  • Information literacy
  • Database search strategies
  • Organizing research projects
  • Citation management tools
  • Finding and evaluating sources
  • Working primary source material
  • Special Collections and rare books
  • Patent searching
  • Maps, GIS and spatial data
  • Digital exhibits (Scalar)
  • Text analysis
  • Photogrammetry
  • Screencasting
  • Qualitative software (NVivo)
  • Network analysis
  • Data management
  • Digital project design
  • 3D technologies
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Wikipedia
  • Collaborative digital projects
  • Multimedia assignments
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Institutional repository (Digital Case)
  • Open Access (OA)
  • Scholarly reputation
  • Information ethics
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Improving presentations
  • Research poster design
  • Comic book assignments
  • Identifying where to publish
  • Leveraging your rights as an author
  • Marketing your scholarship and yourself
  • Measuring your scholarly impact
  • Active learning
  • Assignment design
  • Games in instruction

Success Stories

Mark Eddy, Research Services Librarian, partnered with a faculty member to develop an active learning model for information literacy instruction over multiple sessions of Psychology Research Methods and Capstone undergraduate courses.  They collaborated on session strategies and assessments, and made improvements to these sessions in subsequent semesters. The success of the partnership influenced other faculty who teach the Research Methods and Capstone courses to incorporate similar lab sessions with Mark. 

Charlie Harper and Ben Gorham partnered with a faculty member in Civil Engineering to teach students about using photogrammetry software to create 3D models from still images. After giving an overview of different engineering applications of the technology, students were able to take pictures of objects around the library and use Freedman Center software to create simple 3D models of those objects by the end of the lab session.  This allowed students to understand practical applications and get some hands-on experience with the process.

Jen Starkey and Amanda Koziura worked with a faculty member in the History department to develop an assignment around researching and editing a Wikipedia entry for a woman in science and technology.  Over the course of four class meetings they covered information ethics and privilege, finding biographical information, Wikipedia editing standards and technical aspects, and the projects resulted in CWRU students publishing new and rigorously researched Wikipedia articles. 

Nora Blackman, Special Collections Archivist, partnered with faculty members to design class sessions focused on instruction in primary source literacy to promote the use of archival materials as research tools.  Most recently, English and Theatre Studies faculty worked with the Archivist to examine the 100 year record of theatre history available in the Cleveland Play House Archive. Collaborative efforts yielded a collection of primary source material for instructional use. Resulting class sessions were completely unique to the course and included a critical study of the performance history of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and, design and creation of stage management working tools.