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Library Instruction Sessions: Home

A guide to library instructional sessions which support university curricula and lifelong learning.


The Del E. Webb Library at Loma Linda University is dedicated to supporting curriculum outcomes and competencies. To this end, we offer instruction that strengthens skills in information literacy, technology literacy, and critical thinking so students may execute information management and research tasks necessary for academic success.


We offer flexible collaboration, tailoring instruction to meet subject specific needs of your students, assignments, and different levels of expertise. We encourage you to contact your library liaison to set up library instruction sessions to meet your needs.


Please click on the tabs above to learn more about the different types of sessions the library offers.

Meet the Librarians

Shan Tamares, Interim Library Director


Shirley Rais, Earth & Biological Sciences


Gerald RezesInformation Technology; Gateway College


The librarians below make up the Research & Instruction Department.  The department liaises with the schools indicated by their names and also with the Schools of Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing, and Religion.  Contact the Research & Instruction Department at

Heather Rodriguez-JamesPublic Health


Gurmeet Sehgal,  Pharmacy


Shan Tamares, Medicine; Behavioral Health



Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is transitioning from the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to a Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to focus on foundational ideas that support a,

rapidly changing higher education environment, along with the dynamic and often uncertain information ecosystem in which all of us work and live.

The six concepts that anchor the frames are:

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

Information literate individuals are able to...

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the
    use of information, and access and use information ethically and

Source: Information literacy competency standards for higher education. (2000).
Retrieved [August 21, 2009] from

Drop-In Topics

Get personalized tutorials on the following topics, resources, and tools:

  • Orientation to the resources - get a brief overview of the physical and digital resources available to you.  This may include the navigating the library site, library catalog, My Account, journal portal, databases (100+), finding resources beyond LLU--Interlibrary Loan/Link+, finding full-text, and more! 
  • PubMed essentials - learn the basics of searching PubMed (Medline) including keyword searching, limits, history, PubMed Search Builder, and an introduction of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). 
  • PubMed; beyond the essentials - use PubMed to its fullest by learning about My NCBI, a tool that will allow you to save and manage your searches and records, filter results by subject, create automatic email alerts, and more. Also, learn about importing your results into EndNote.
  • EndNote and Endnote Web - This is a reference management software package used to manage bibliographies and references. Endnote Web is the Web version of the software. You can transfer references and file attachments to your EndNote Web account from Endnote to share groups with other EndNote users easily and manage references. EndNote is a bibliography maker. Its Cite While You Write™ feature make citing and formatting references easier.
  • EBSCO databases - learn about the EBSCO platform and best practices for searching the different databases.
  • Essential searching - get tips for searching the catalog, databases, and Google Scholar.  Topics include subject searching vs. keyword, boolean, finding fulltext, finding and using images, and more!
  • Searching; beyond the essentials - learn the tips and tricks of searching for literature review purposes, evidence based practice, cited reference searching, and more!
Need further assistence?  Just ask - send us an email at or contact the liaison librarian for your school.

Drop-In Workshops

Drop-in instruction on a variety of research topics, resources and tools is available for faculty.  Drop in at the Reference Desk (see hours below); or contact the liaison librarian for your school; or contact a reference librarian at; or call the reference desk at x44588.


Reference Desk Hours:

Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm

Friday 10am - 2pm

Sunday 2pm - 6pm