Instruction and Workshops

Mission Statement

The library's instruction mission is to enhance learning and integrate information competency into the curriculum. Library staff partner with faculty and other instructors to help all members of the academic community to find their way into collections, and to master research techniques and methods. In a rapidly changing information and education environment, we help them learn the skills needed to  find, read, evaluate, and use complex resources from the Cornell University Library and beyond, in a confident, efficient, and ethical fashion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop an understanding of how scholarly information is formally and informally produced, organized and disseminated in order to select appropriate research tools and resources relevant to their field of inquiry.
  • Students will find and use relevant information available from the Library collections, the internet, and other sources in order to confidently access needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Students will be able to evaluate information sources critically according to selected criteria (such as authority, currency, bias, etc) in order to select appropriate sources to inform their research.
  • Students will analyze and synthesize the information they find in order to accomplish a specific purpose (a paper, presentation, movie, etc.).
  • Students will develop an understanding of the ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of information in order to use, cite, and acknowledge information sources appropriately

Instruction Sessions

Faculty can request library instruction sessions that are custom-designed to meet the special needs of their classes by contacting the Instruction Coordinator of their respective library or filling out this form.


Individual libraries of CUL also offer a wide variety of open workshops designed to assist patrons in developing skills in library research, information management and computer applications. These workshops are free and open to registered Cornell students, faculty and staff. Below are the workshop offerings by unit library.