Library Courses

The University Library offers two courses, for credit, on perfecting your research skills. Taught by librarians, you will participate in hands-on computer exercises, group discussions, and more, designed to maximize your research activities in other courses.

For general information about these courses, see the LSA Course Guide, and register for the course in Wolverine Access. For specific questions about library courses, please contact Doreen Bradley (

ALA 105: Digital Research: Critical Concepts & Strategies

Struggling with a research topic or paper? Want to gain useful skills to succeed at the University of Michigan and beyond? ALA 105 is the course for you!  

In ALA 105, you will learn:

  • Online search strategies and research tips to save time

  • Critical evaluation techniques

  • About tools for creating bibliographies

This one credit mini-course meets for 2 hours a week for 7 weeks. There is also a completely online section where you can complete course materials anytime convenient for you each week. .


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ALA 270.001: Advanced Library Research in the Humanities

Do you have an in-depth research project this semester? This one-credit mini-course offers you a chance to develop advanced research strategies in your discipline while working on an extended project of your choice. 

Learn and apply:

  • Advanced research strategies

  • Specialized tools for finding sources

  • Methods for evaluating information

  • New tools for presenting your research
  • Techniques for exploring archives and special collections

This is a one-credit mini-course (7 weeks). No prerequisites are required. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.



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