Reference and Instruction Policy

A foundational aspect of the education provided at Southern Adventist University is instruction that will enable students to find, evaluate, and use information effectively, ethically, and legally.


  • Faculty members need to contact a librarian to schedule an information literacy session for their class.
  • Students in need of help with research are strongly encouraged to make appointments with the librarians.
  • When meeting with librarians, students are encouraged to bring a copy of the assignment for which they need help.


  • The library offers the following reference services:
    • Appointment-Based Reference
    • Walk-up Reference
    • Virtual Reference Services:
      • Chat
      • Email
      • Ask-A-Librarian
      • SMS
      • eClass
  • The library offers the following instructional services:
    • First Year Experience Library Orientation
    • New Faculty Library Orientation
    • JumpStart Library Orientation
    • Research Process
    • Evaluating Web Resources
    • Understanding Copyright
    • RefWorks
    • Research Note Taking
    • Hierarchy of Evidence and Types of Sources
    • Course Specific Presentations
    • Assignment Specific Presentations
    • Embedded Librarian Services

Contact the library for more information or to schedule a session.

 For additional information, please contact:

Melissa Hortemiller, Public Services Librarian