We encourage faculty to bring their classes to Special Collections and Archives. Class sessions can include activities using materials in our collections, introductions to using archival or primary sources, overviews of our holdings in specific subject areas, or instruction about how to locate archival and other primary sources.
Ideally, students visiting our department for a class will have time with collection materials. Though handling of some materials may be restricted to prevent damage to fragile materials, our goal is to provide a hands-on experience for students.
Assignments that make use of Special Collections and Archives materials support critical analysis and engage students in critically considering and interpreting various types of resources in numerous disciplines. The sample assignments listed here are provided as examples only. While they can be modified to suit a wide variety of courses, actual selected collection resources, subject content, and assignment prompts should be created by teaching faculty members for their courses.
- Sample Assignment A: Evidence, Context, and Function
- Sample Assignment B: Criticism, Interpretation, and Bias
- Sample Assignment C: Investigation, Exploration, and Extrapolation
If you plan to create an assignment using Special Collections and Archives materials, especially one that makes use of our Guided Resource Inquiry (GRI) Tool, please contact us at (818) 677-2832 to discuss the assignment's details, confirm that materials are available for use, and determine whether materials might be placed on reserve in Special Collections and Archives for your class.
Tutorials and Other Tools
We provide a number of online guides and tutorials focused on understanding, finding, and using materials in Special Collections and Archives. These can be used either in whole or parts as relevant to courses or assignments.
- Special Collections and Archives (SC/A) Subject Guide: The SC/A Subject Guide will help you or your students get started doing research in Special Collections and Archives.
- Tutorials: A suite of interactive, video, and other online tutorials relevant to Special Collections and Archives is available for use by students, faculty, and other researchers. Many can be embedded into Moodle.
- Course Guides: Guides focused on specific assignments in individual courses can also be created to support your students' work.
If you're interested in having a course guide created for your course, or have questions about using or embedding any of these tools in Moodle please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 677-2832.
For more information about library instruction in Special Collections and Archives contact us at (818) 677-2832 or email@example.com. For more information about library instruction at the Oviatt, or to request a class session anywhere in the library, please visit the Library Instruction Request Form.