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Library Instruction Program: Credit Courses for Students

Why Should You Take a Library Course?

  • Are you struggling to find sources for a research paper?
  • Are you unsure where to find credible sources or how to evaluate them?
  • Do you know the best place to look for credible information in your major or minor?              
  • Do you want to learn how to sort fact from fiction when doing research?
  • Are you a graduate student needing help with sources for your thesis?
  • Are you interested in a career in libraries or archives?

We can help! We offer popular credit courses in information literacy skills, critical approaches to research, and field experience in libraries or archives. Our courses are taught by faculty librarians with expertise in information literacy and research strategies to meet your educational and life-long learning goals.

What UWSP students say about Library for-credit courses...

"I took this course to satisfy the critical thinking General Education requirement and WOW am I glad I did. I was able to apply what I was learning right away to the research I needed to do to be successful in other courses."

"I am a second-semester sophomore and I wish I would have taken this class as a first-semester freshman. I know I would have done better in my classes during my first three semesters if I had known then what I know about library resources and services."

Library Resources 101 (LRES 101)

Course Catalog Description

LRES 101. Information Literacy Skills for College-Level Research (1 cr, graded)

Introduction to the Library's resources and development of research skills through innovative methods designed to support college-level research and lifelong learning. Explore topics like mis, dis, and malformation and learn strategies to apply to information resources to determine credibility. 

Library Resources 150 (LRES 150)

Course Catalog Description

Effective use of information resources and services in a variety of academic disciplines and professions. Topics include information cycle and timeline; comparing, contrasting, and selecting information resources; types and characteristics of information sources; effective information research planning; search techniques, evaluation criteria, disinformation, and ethical use of information.

Additional Details

Through the lenses of the nonfiction true crime genre, conspiracy theories, and cults we will explore research techniques using a wide variety of types of sources to build a solid information literacy foundation with skills that you can apply to any subject you are doing research regardless of discipline. 


Library Resources 380 for 1-3 credits (LRES 380)

Course Catalog Description

Prerequisite: Instructor Consent 

Course Description: Supervised field experience in the UWSP library or archives. Credits are determined by the time spent on course-related activities and the nature of assigned tasks (1-3).

Required Readings: These will vary with the emphasis of each internship.


Contact Information for Questions About For-Credit Course Offerings

Questions About LR 101 or LR 150? Contact Dave Dettman 
Office: CCC 421 • Phone: 346-4206 

Questions about an internship in Archives? Contact Kyle Neill 
Office: ALB 520A • Phone: 346-3893