Reference and Instructional Services Department

Library Instruction for the English Language Institute

International students face numerous challenges when navigating the complex information landscape which characterizes today's academic library.  Providing students with an instruction session led by a University of Delaware librarian will give students valuable and up-to-date information literacy skills, including the ability to:

  • Search for and locate books within the Library
  • Identify credible, authoritative, and objective content on the Internet
  • Navigate Library services such as Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Reference
  • Use sophisticated database searches to locate scholarly articles on students' research topics

Each Library instruction session is tailored to current class assignments and course objectives. When a Library instruction session is scheduled, a librarian will collaborate with individual instructors to plan a lesson that meets student needs and is sensitive to the class's level of English proficiency. All Library instruction sessions to English Language Institute classes are at least 50 minutes in length and incorporate active learning strategies to allow students to gain hands-on practice in using the Library's resources.


English Language Institute instructors are welcome to contact the Coordinator of Library Instruction directly to schedule an instruction session, or to fill out the Instruction Request Form. When requesting a class, the following information should be included:

  • Desired dates for the session
  • Number of students in the class
  • Class time
  • Information about students' assignments

Library electronic resources are only available to persons at UD. ELI students qualify for off-campus access but there is a special authorization process.

Instructors should contact Pauly Iheanacho, the Library coordinator for International Students and Scholars, as soon as the names of the students are available. It is best to send the names of all the students at once.

Email Pauly Iheanacho

Suggested subject line: Please allow off campus access to databases

In the email include the following for each student:

  1. Name (Official name of the student in the system)
  2. UDelNet ID of the students (

Off-campus access is only available for the time the students are enrolled in the program.


Library Services for International Students and Scholars brochure

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