Research & Instruction

The USF Libraries Research & Instruction department is committed to supporting student and faculty success, research, and information literacy through instruction, consultation, and service.

Get to Know Our In-Person Workshops & Canvas Learning Modules

Info + Data Literacy Modules – These short, asynchronous, badge-earning workshops are easy for students & faculty to enroll themselves into, or for faculty or embedded librarians link to within Canvas courses. They are designed to enrich any lower- or upper-level course with a research component and can provide an asynchronous complement to synchronous library instruction. Info + Data Literacy Modules

Workshops for Researchers – in-person and virtual workshops designed to help faculty and students take their research to the next level.
Workshops for Researchers

We can also work with you to create customized Canvas workshops & tutorials to meet your curricular needs!

Schedule 1:1 Research Consultations & Class Instruction Sessions

Research Tools

  • Subject & Course Guides: Know what we know – find it in our guides! Including research and services assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians.
  • USF LIB Instructional Videos on YouTube: These quick videos are designed to help you get the information you need to get on with your work.
  • Data Literacy Teaching Toolkit: Instructional activities and resources, with sample assignments, for faculty teaching data literacy skills and integrating data-related learning objectives into their courses.
  • Digital Learning Objects & Media Tools: Open-access (OA) resources for instruction, with virtual field trips and other materials to supplement instruction.

About the Research & Instruction Department

The USF Libraries’ R&I department is committed to serving faculty & students through a wide range of collaborative teaching and research activities.
  • We provide self-guided and librarian-led instruction on information and data literacy
  • Facilitate workshops for researchers that provide tools and strategies that support all stages of the research process and enhance research impact and visibility
  • Offer resources such as library guides, curated open resources and course material lists, and collaborative assignment development with instructional faculty
  • Participate in long-term collaborations with faculty on notable USF strategic initiatives

Collaborative Collections & Initiatives

Florida COVID-19 Research Collections
Piney Point Collections
USF Forest Preserve Collections

All Assessment Data

Archive for data and information supporting compliance with SACSCOC Principle 7.3.

Recent Librarian Publications:

Bennett, S. V., McConnaughy, E., Szempruch, J. N., & Gunn, A. A. (2023). Supporting children & families impacted by incarceration through multicultural children’s literature. In A. A. Gunn & S. V. Bennett (Eds.), Teaching Multicultural Children’s Literature in a Diverse Society: From a Historical Perspective to Instructional Practice. Routledge.
Crampsie, C., Norton, E., Burress, T., and Henkel, T. (2023). Supporting Undergraduate Research: Self-Guided Instructional Resources for Research Poster Presentations. In M. Hensley, S. Davis-Kahl, and H. Fargo (eds.), Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian: Case Studies & Best Practice, Volume 2 (pp. 175-184). Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries.
Johnson, M. W. (2023). Job Control and Its Impacts on Burnout in Academic Instruction Librarians, Journal of Library Administration, 63(5).
van Beynen, K. & Symulevich, A., (2023). Censorship: Book Challenges in Classrooms & School Libraries. In Gunn & Bennett (Eds.), Teaching Multicultural Children’s Literature in a Diverse Society. Routledge.
Burress, T. (2022). Data Literacy Practices of Students Conducting Undergraduate Research. College & Research Libraries, 83(3).
Burress, T. G., & Symulevich, A. N. (2022). Innovating during Times of Disruption: A Project Management Framework for Transforming a Student Research Symposium to Serve Virtual Communities during COVID-19. Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH) 2 (2)
Jacobs, S. A. (2022). Successful Research in Today’s Library In S. H. Lee (Ed.), Scholarly Research in Music: Shared and Disciplinary-Specific Practices (2th ed., pp. 19–33). Routledge.
Lewis, B., Torrence, M., Taylor, T.I., & Cook, M. (2022). Mentoring and diversity. In, Lee, C., Lym, B., & Bryant, T. (Eds.). Implementing excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion: A handbook for academic libraries (pp. 121-139). Association of College & Research Libraries.
Nash, M., Lewis, B., Szempruch, J. N., Jacobs, S., & Silver, S. (2022). Together, apart: Communication dynamics among academic librarians during the COVID-19 pandemic. College & Research Libraries, 83(6).