Libraries offer numerous tools that can develop research skills for students. First, many libraries provide access to databases with thousands of sources that are not accessible to private individuals.
Second, libraries have physical sources, such as microfilms or digital microfilms, that are great for students who want to look at archived newspapers or images. They may also offer audiobooks and movies and even host events and workshops with content and guest speakers that could be applicable to a student’s research.
Last, librarians can be sources of knowledge and can teach students how to research online and off-line. For example, librarians can demonstrate valuable research skills for students that include using databases, finding physical sources in the library, and using other aspects of the library’s resources to aid students in their research tasks. A Learning Coach may want to make an appointment with a librarian for this type of hands-on learning.