Services for Instructors

Library services for teaching are twofold. Information specialists provide instructions in information searches and information use, and the library offers diverse materials for use as course material, supplementary material, and sources. Introductions are available for instructors, both individuals and groups. Each RU School has a liaison librarian who specialises in information in the academic field of that School and strives to offer its faculty the best possible service.

Project and thesis work

  • Book an information specialist for a class when students are about to start work on projects
    In consultation with the instructor, the information specialist puts together an instructional package which is customized for the project in question. The coverage includes how to conduct information searches  in key databases in the respective academic field and how to cite sources according to the standard in question if requested.
    - Further information on information specialists who provide instruction at LIRU and details about their specialties

  • Citing of sources according to a citation standard
    Information specialists have compiled, translated into Icelandic, and localised instructions and example collections for the main citation standards used at RU.
    -  APA – Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, a popular citation standard in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in various physical sciences. The standard is used, for example, in the School of Business and in Sport Science in the School of Science and Engineering.
     -  OSCOLA The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities, a citation standard in law. The standard is used in the School of Law.
     -  IEEE – Citation standard of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, widely used in technology and engineering fields.

  • is the online institutional repository of Icelandic university libraries where electronic copies of final theses of undergraduate and graduate students are stored. According to resolutions of the Curriculum Council and Executive Board of RU, all final theses shall be stored in Skemman and it is recommended that they be open unless they contain confidential information.

  • Turn-it-In
    Turn-it-In is a plagiarism detection software that universities in Iceland have taken into use. The software compares texts with a database that is built into the system and returns a comparison report. Students can make use of the software when working on assignments and receive training in working with sources, preparing references, and citing sources. Instructors can use the software as an aid to detect possible plagiarism.

  • Rules on project work (Your original work)

Learning materials

  • Coursebook Library
    The coursebook Library contains one copy of all textbooks used in undergraduate programmes during the current semester, in addition to selected books used in graduate programmes. Instructors have the option of reserving material from LIRU's collections, acquiring material from elsewhere and/or adding material from their private collection to the coursebook Library for students in individual courses. Materials from an instructor's private collection is only for use within the library. Anna Kristín Stefánsdóttir, information specialist, supervises the coursebook Library.

  • Purchasing request for coursebook library (new form)
    Please use this online form to fill out requests for purchases for the coursebook library for books that are not already available at the library. You can look up existing books on The library will only purchase one copy of the book.

  • Electronic materials on a course reading list in Canvas
    Electronic learning materials and supplementary materials are best distributed by directly linking to it from individual courses in Canvas, whether it be Icelandic or foreign materials. Users shall follow rules and procedures to be certain to  respect copyright law and honour agreements that have been concluded with owners of materials by the library.
    Journal articles on course websites in Canvas

  • Put materials from on a course reading list in Canvas contains information on all printed material available at LIRU (select the tab Books, journals and more), as well as information on material in the main databases which LIRU purchases access to (select the tab Full text articles). At, users can  mark material, books and/or journal articles with a subject heading of their own choosing - a course title, such as V-502-ADFR, is a good chose. Students can then locate materials which the instructor has specially marked by entering the subject heading in question. For further instructions speak with your School's contact at LIRU.

Information literacy

Academic work requires students to possess the ability to find, assess, and use information and sources in an efficient and responsible manner. According to the definition of the American Library Association (ALA) from 2000, a person who possesses those skills is information literate. Further information on the competency standards of ALA. The Prague Declaration from 2003 on the enhancement of information literacy in society and the Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning from 2005 on information literacy and lifelong learning might also be of interest.

The Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture refers to information literacy in its National Qualification Framework from 16 May 2011 where it is stated for example, that students who complete a Bachelor's degree from a university accredited by the Ministry according to the Higher Education Institution Act no. 63/2006 shall be able to apply applicable methods of their field or profession. This consists in students being able to “… recognise when further data is needed and have the ability to retrieve it ... use reliable data- and information resources in the relevant scientific field …”

 LIRU offers diverse instruction designed to promote information literacy.

 Instruction provided by LIRU:

  • First-year students. Instruction with an emphasis on searching key databases in the relevant academic field. The instruction is carried out in consultation with each School and/or individual instructors.
  • Review in connection with final theses: searching for sources, citing sources, submitting to Skemma, etc. The instruction is carried out in consultation with Schools and/or individual instructors.
  • Instruction designed to the needs of the respective course according to the wishes of the instructor.
  • Instruction on using the reference management program Zotero and the Turn-it-In plagiarism detection software.

Book an instruction session with your liaison information specialist for your School


Hafdís Dögg Hafsteinsdóttir

Information specialist

1st floor in Uranus (Ú103) /   / Tel: (+354) 599 6295
School of Business / Preliminary studies / Exchange students

Kristína Benedikz

Information specialist  

1st floor in Uranus (Ú103) /   / Tel: (+354) 599 6410
School of Law

Ragna Björk Kristjánsdóttir

Information specialist

1st floor in Uranus (Ú103) /   / Tel: (+354) 599 6235
School of Computer Science / School of Science and Engineering

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