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Library Instruction Services

The Library instruction program teaches students to navigate through the Library's virtual and traditional resources and services. Sessions last from 50 minutes to in-depth workshops in our Library Instruction Lab (LIL), with hands-on practice depending on assignments, type of research and information needs. We can also meet students in their classroom or in Main Hall computer labs for large groups.

Information literacy is a cornerstone of the Library's mission in serving our student population. The instruction program focuses on more than just completing one assignment. Instead, new, returning, and non-traditional students learn to develop life-long information literacy.

Tom Thorisch, the OSU-Tulsa Reference and Instruction Librarian, is trained in adult learning theories, instructional techniques, and progressive course delivery. Tom is also actively involved in COIL (Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarians).

Library instruction sessions are available anytime throughout the semester and are customized based on research topics and assignments. For the most flexibility in schedule, booking in advance is highly recommended. Students will receive more targeted assistance if they are aware of their upcoming assignments.

Students, individuals or small groups can also request assistance / training for a particular assignment or project. Contact Tom Thorisch directly at 918-594-8146 or email This is in addition to instruction sessions requested by faculty.

The library is implementing a pilot project offering limited videoconferencing assistance to off-campus students by appointment (some evening / weekend hours). At this time Skype and Google Hangouts are available conferencing platforms. Contact Tom Thorisch for more information

Request Instruction Services

Student Library Instruction Request Form

Faculty Library Instruction Request Form

Our Library Instruction Program Covers:

  • Computing, printing and access issues
  • Remote library database access
  • Database selection and searching for beginner and intermediate levels
  • Defining and refining search topics
  • Evaluating research results
  • Tracking journal articles (from searching to selecting and retrieving full-text documents)
  • Citation styles with examples and importing citations into citation manager software (RefWorks / EndNote / Zotero)
  • Internet and Google Scholar searching for valid and reliable information

For more information:

Email Tom Thorisch or call 918-594-8146.