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Workshops and Instruction

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


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.

Africana Library

Catherwood Library (Industrial and Labor Relations)

  • In-Depth Research Assistance
  • Subject-specific Classes
  • Library Tours
  • Internet Training
  • Introduction to Library Resources
  • Lexis-NexisTraining
  • RefWorks


  • SAS Programming, Parts 1 and 2
  • SPSS Programming, Parts 1 and 2
  • Stata Programming
  • Atlas.ti
  • Introduction to Matlab


CIT's Technology Training Program

Engineering Library

Customized Classes for:

  • New Student Orientation, Tours
  • Library Research (basic, advanced)
  • Engineering Information Competencies
  • Patent Searching

Consultations for:

  • Video and Audio Production
  • Linux
  • Image Editing
  • Dreamweaver (introduction)

Fine Arts Library

Geneva Experiment Station Library

Hotel (Nestlé Library)

  • New Student Orientations
  • Hospitality Research
  • Interview Preparation
  • Finance
  • Managerial Communications
  • Real Estate
  • Food and Beverage Management

Johnson Graduate School of Management Library

  • Bloomberg 101
  • Building Better Business Plans
  • Business Abroad: Know Your Space
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Consumer Market Research
  • Interview Preparation: Research Makes the Difference
  • MBA Starter Kit: Research for Success
  • Orientations
  • SGE Career Research

Law Library

Mann Library

  • Introductory EndNote
  • Introduction to Refworks
  • Introduction to Mendeley
  • Introduction to Zotero
  • Introduction to Bloomberg
  • Introduction to CapIQ
  • ArcGIS - I & II
  • Manifold GIS
  • Power Searching in PubMed
  • Intermediate/Advanced Excel
  • Microsoft Excel 2013: Formulas and Functions
  • Microsoft Excel 2013: Pivot Tables
  • Poster Making and Printing

Olin & Uris Libraries

  • Create Alerts-Keep On Top of Current Scholarship
  • eBooks: How to Find and Use Electronic Books
  • Introduction to Electronic Genealogy I
  • Electronic Genealogy II
  • Essential Research Tools
  • Finding Images and Visual Media
  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps
  • "Historical" Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more)
  • Hot Reads
  • Manage Citations with Refworks
  • Introduction to Managing Information & Note Taking Strategies
  • Personal Digital Archiving
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Show Me the Money: Funding Beyond Cornell
  • Refworks: Insider's Edition
  • "Twitter: What the Heck is it and why should I care?"
  • US Elections: Beyond the Cable News Networks

Physical Sciences Library

  • Library Research Sessions
  • Consultations

Rare and Manuscript Collections

Veterinary Library