Special Collections and Archives strives to cultivate students’ abilities to think critically and to contextualize, investigate and authenticate historical and cultural resources. Librarians and archivists work closely with teaching faculty to develop sessions that promote and encourage these outcomes. Special Collections and Archives also value engagement with the non-NAU public. We provide instruction and assignment assistance to regional educational institutions and have services for community members.
Instruction can come in many forms, including:
- General introductions to finding and using our materials
- Specialized sessions on resource discovery tailored to a specific course or assignment
- Demonstrations or hands-on instruction on using research tools, such as Arizona Archives Online and our digital archives.
Do you have a course or assignment that incorporates primary source research or Special Collections and Archives materials into the final product or learning outcome? We are happy to meet with you to discuss ways your students can interact with our materials. We can assist you with identifying relevant materials for your course or assignment or to think of creative ways to integrate primary research into your class.
Online guides support students in discovering discipline-related resources, learn research skills and concepts. Request customized course guides or subject guides to help your students with your class.
Encourage students who encounter difficult research problems to contact Special Collections and Archives. We can provide a general introduction to finding and using our materials, or a specialized session on resource discovery tailored to a specific course or assignment.
Our staff can give basic departmental tours and exhibit “gallery talks” to groups. Faculty, students, and external researchers are encouraged to schedule a tour at least two weeks in advance.