Michigan State University

Class visits to Special Collections

Class visits to Special Collections focus on primary source literacy and hands-on exploration of historical and archival sources.

The skills associated with primary source literacy include:

  • evaluating a source to determine point of view
  • considering issues of authority, authenticity, and ambiguity
  • locating and selecting primary sources that are relevant to a particular inquiry
  • effectively using primary sources as evidence and synthesizing them into an argument

When planning your class session, we select primary resources which will provide an active learning experience and contribute to your students’ understanding of your subject material.

Instruction sessions in Special Collections typically do not cover searching the library catalog or library subscription databases to locate secondary sources. Teaching & Learning librarians or your subject librarian will be happy to provide instruction on those skills.