Library Instruction and Library Research Assignment Tips for Faculty:

The library staff provides library instruction sessions, research workshops, orientations and classroom visits both on campus and at outreach sites upon faculty request. If you would like to schedule a session, please have the following information available:

  • What? What is the project or assignment that your students will be working on? What type(s) of sources will your students need to use? What is the research topic? What other requirements does your project or assignment have?
  • Where? Is your class on campus or at another location (outreach site, CHP, hospital/medical center, etc.)?
  • When? What date and time would you like to schedule the session? Try to schedule your session early enough in advance to ensure the availability of staff and space.

Library Research Assignment Tips:

  • Students often have very different levels of experience with research and resources at Cardinal Meyer Library. Don’t assume they are all proficient. Don’t hesitate to schedule a library instructional session. Encourage students to contact the library for assistance.
  • Even if you don’t schedule a library instructional session, the library would appreciate you sending a copy of the research project or assignment so we’re aware of it and can be more prepared to help your students when they come to us for help.
  • Encourage your students to use the library’s resources by requiring scholarly sources such as books and peer-reviewed journals.

Library Resources Considerations:

  • Before you give your students an assignment, always verify that the library has a subscription or access to the particular resource(s) you want them to use. This is especially important if you are new or teach at more than one institution. The resources that our library subscribes to and has access to change over time. If the library doesn’t have a particular resource, ask us to recommend a similar resource that you can substitute for your assignment.
  • If you want your students to use specific databases, make sure you use the specific database name and not just the name of the vendor. For example, “EBSCOhost” is not a specific database, it is a vendor that produces many different subject specific databases such as “Business Source Complete”, “Education Research Complete”, and “CINAHL”, etc., all of which have different journals and other publications in specific subject areas.
  • If you want your students to use a specific journal, article, book, etc., make sure to include the correct title and full citation for the resource.

Using Library Resources in MO2 courses:

  • If you want to link to an eBook, journal article, video or other resource in your MO2 course, make sure you copy and paste the Permalink for the resource into your course, and not the URL that displays in the address bar in your browser while you’re viewing the resource. The permalink allows others to access the resource through authentication while the URL in your address bar won’t work later on since it’s a session specific URL. Using the wrong link will lead to an error and students won’t be able to access the resource. Most of the databases have a permalink function. *If you need help finding or using the Permalink for your resource, contact the library.
  • If you are assigning an eBook for your class, make sure the eBook has unlimited access (can be used by multiple users simultaneously) and not single use access (will be unavailable to others while a single user is reading it). This information is displayed on the record page of eBooks. Contact the library if you’re unsure what type of access the library has for a particular eBook.

For questions regarding library instruction or library research assignments, contact the reference desk: