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This guide provides students with resources required for the successful completion of the WRIT150 Research Clinics offered by USC Libraries

WRIT 150 Teaching Overview

The USC Libraries have a long-standing collaboration with the Writing Program for teaching research skills for all WRIT150 thematics. Through this collaboration, we are able to reach more than 2,000 students from all disciplines early on in their academic careers. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for us to connect with these students, to introduce them to librarians and library services, and to teach them essential research and critical thinking skills thus providing an invaluable foundation for their research while at USC. 

Writing 150 Instruction Model:

  • Subject librarians teach research workshops mapped to thematics
  • Librarians develop course specific learning outcomes and lesson plans
  • Librarians may use the teaching resources developed by the Teaching and Learning department (linked below)
  • Librarians with subject expertise will work closely with faculty in the thematics to build relationships and deliver effective information literacy sessions

Teaching Resources

Best Practices for Communicating with WRIT 150 Instructors

  • Email the WRIT 150 instructor once you receive the instruction request to confirm the date

  • Request the syllabus and/or research assignment 

  • Develop a tailored lesson plan and learning outcomes for the research assignment

  • Confirm your attendance and the class location with the WRIT 150 faculty the day before your library instruction session

Support from Teaching and Learning Department

If you have any questions about facilitating Writing 150 instruction sessions you can reach out to Michaela Ullmann ( 

We also offer:

  • one-on-one teaching consultations
  • lessons on backwards design
  • workshops on designing learning outcomes