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UW Colleges Instructor Library Resources: Supporting Instruction

Here is a short introduction to library resources for faculty.

Supporting Classes

Your local campus librarian can help you by supporting your classes.  Here are just a few ways librarians can support instruction:

  • Host a Library Instruction session

  • Create an Assignment Guide

  • Host Reserves or E-Reserves for your class

  • Purchase library materials

Contact your local librarian!

Library Instruction Sessions

UW-Colleges Librarians are available to lead library or research instruction sessions for your class. Just contact your local librarian to set up a session.  Usually, sessions are focused on a topic or specific research assignment.  Librarians typically cover topics such as:

  • How to search the library catalog
  • How to use the library databases
  • How to search for scholarly materials
  • Evaluating Sources
  • Citation Help
  • Tips and Tricks for research

Call or Email your local librarian to make an appointment!

Assignment Guides

Many times students are overwhelmed with the amount of information available to them.  Your local librarian can create an Assignment Guide or Library Course Page to help guide students to the more relevant library resources they should use for an assignment or in your class. 

Assignment Guides are typically focused around a particular research paper or assignment and look similar to this guide. 

A list of Assignment Guides are located on the left side of the page.

Information Resource

UW-Colleges Librarians are information professionals and are here to help.  We are available to assist with research questions, in person, by phone, email or online chat.

Reserves / E-Reserves

Reserves and E-Reserves are supplementary readings or materials that faculty choose to make available for their classes.  Usually the items are an article or book chapter that is either required or suggested course reading. 

E-Reserves are digital copies of an article or a short excerpt out of a book.  They are hosted on the library server and are accessible through the catalog or your librarian can send you the URL and you can paste them into D2L.

Most libraries will have a reserve request form for you to fill out for each item on reserve.  Check with your librarian to see that your materials are considered "fair use" and in copyright compliance.