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 Bailey Library - Rock Solid Research 



Phone: 724-738-2638

Instruction at Bailey Library is designed to support the integration of information literacy into all levels of Slippery Rock University's curriculum. To this end, Bailey Library offers the following instructional services: Basics of Library Research, Subject Specific Classes and Workshops, FYI, Online Tutorials,, Library User Guides and Self-Guided Tours.

  Librarians by Subject Specialty

Information literacy, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association is "the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information." These skills are critical to the success of students as they evolve from learners in the structured environment of college into independent lifelong learners in the information-rich 21st century. Such information literate citizens are able to:

  • determine the nature and extent of their information needs
  • access needed information efficiently and effectively
  • evaluate information and its sources critically
  • use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • use information ethically and legally

More information on information literacy, including the complete standards from which the above are derived, is available from the ACRL's Information Literacy Website

Basics of Library Research

In these sessions, librarians introduce the skills and tools needed to begin to use the library's collections and services.

Subject Specific Classes and Workshops

For these sessions, which are tailored to the needs of a particular class, librarians design a class in consultation with the course instructor. These classes focus on the specific skills and tools students need to understand in order to succeed in their coursework. Classes might include lectures on source evaluation, demonstrations on the use of specific electronic databases, and/or an introduction to a print resource or microfilm collection. Bailey Library's state-of-the-art classroom allows students to practice the skills they need in class.

Online Tutorials and Videos

A number of online tutorials are available that can be incorporated into student assignments. See the library's Research Guides page for more information. offers numerous tutorials on finding government information.

Videos include:

Boolean Searching

From UCLA: 21st Century Literacies

From Penn State: The Information Cycle

From Ebsco:  Introduction to EBSCOhost

From Media Education Foundation:  A Fair(y) Use Tale (explains copyright)

From Michael Wesch, Kansas State University: Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us

From Prentice-Price Evans:  Evaluating Web Sites

From Common Craft:  Wikis in Plain English

This one-credit, self-paced online course (INDS 110) teaches students the information literacy skills they need.  Please keep it in mind when working with your advisees.

Library User Guides and Self-Guided Tour

Various instructional handouts and tours are available at the Reference Desk.

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options for customizing an instruction session.

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Hours of Operation*

7:45 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.-11 p.m.

*Service points close 15
minutes before closing time


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