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Instructional Services: Home

Resources and services faculty and students work toward greater information literacy.

Schedule Instruction

Instructors are encouraged to schedule instruction using the form below or by directly contacting a librarian.


  • Bill Grubb, 780-4672,, Portland/Gorham
  • Evelyn Greenlaw, 753-6541,, Lewiston
  • Maureen, Perry, 753-6546,, Lewiston
  • Zip Kellogg, 780-5661,, Portland/Gorham
  • Tim Lynch, 780-5156, timothy.j.lynch@maine, Portland/Gorham
  • Pat Prieto, 780-5662,, Portland/Gorham

The Instructional Services Program

"Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information," (ACRL). Those skills are a required outcome of all Entry Year Experience courses.

USM librarians work with faculty to provide the instruction students need to succeed. Whether in-class or online, librarians  provide the core research skills training that supports learning at every level. The Research Skills Toolbox above enables instructors and students to access a range of tools that can help with such instruction.

Distance Library Services

USM Libraries fully support the research and instructional needs of students in blended and fully online courses.

What We Teach

The commonly taught skills include:

  • Finding books and articles
  • Subject-specific databases
  • A detailed explanation of what "peer-review" means and how to find peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Primary vs. secondary sources
  • Evaluation of website and more
  • citing sources and the associated tools
  • Designing the most effective search for your topic
  • Obtaining books and articles not held at USM (Interlibrary Loan and URSUS requests)

Finding Books & Articles (Basic)