High school students

Our class visit program for grade 11 and grade 12 students will help familiarize them with common library research expectations encountered at university. If you are a teacher or a teacher-librarian and you're interested in this program, contact Librarian  to arrange a visit at least two weeks before the intended workshop (a month is preferred).

Program purpose

Engage high school students in the process of academic research to:

  • Enable the critical and effective use of scholarly information
  • Introduce research expectations and practices in university settings
  • Meet the research needs for students completing their course assignments

Campus or school group tours are available through the Registrar's office.

Program highlights

  • Librarian-led workshops on academic research held in the libraries' computer lab which focus on using materials and search techniques relevant to grade 11 or grade 12 course work
  • An introduction to research practices commonly used in university course work
  • Access to the libraries' books, journals and other resources
  • A temporary library card along with book borrowing privileges
  • Citation help

Program guidelines for teachers and teacher-librarians

  • The program is available to students registered in grade 11 or grade 12 courses in school districts 61, 62 and 63. Contact the Greater Victoria Public Library to arrange workshops for students in lower grades. Vancouver Island schools outside of the Capital Regional District who want a workshop can contact Vancouver Island University Library
  • Visits are only available in November-December and in March-June, and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Visits will be led by a UVic librarian and supervised by the class teacher or a school librarian, and must focus on research activities related to a class assignment in a grade 11 or grade 12 course
  • If a student wants to come back to the library at a later date, he/she can ask for a guest netlink ID and password at the loan desk (government-issued ID is required)

Before your visit

  • Please consult with your librarian about instruction and training, and provide them with a copy of the class assignment, the course learning outcomes and links to relevant curriculum guidelines at least 2 weeks in advance of the workshop
  • We may ask your students to complete a short survey before the visit in order to gauge their library knowledge
  • You are strongly encouraged to review the library's research help pages and policies