A survey of physics librarians reveals that undergraduate physics majors rarely receive formal bibliographic instruction, despite a perception that those students are using many kinds of library resources. In addition, less than half of the responding institutions gave any formal instruction to graduate students. Some institutions have been successful in creating library instruction programs in physics, however. The kinds of instruction given are described, and tips from respondents of how to maximize the chances of obtaining instruction opportunities from faculty are shared.


Bibliographic Instruction—Surveys, Physics Librarianship, Bibliographic Instruction—Marketing

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Science and Technology Libraries, 19, no.2 (2001): 25-34

Date of this Version

December 2001