Services for Faculty

Library Instruction

We offer assignment consultation and provide instruction sessions on searching for, locating, and using library resources, identifying different information types, and evaluating information. Library staff can design a hands-on workshop tailored to your research project or assignment, develop a tutorial for a specific database you want your students to use, or provide an introduction to the academic research process. 

See the bottom of this page for a sample of the instruction modules. Because instruction sessions are tailored to your course and class assignment, we recommend one week's notice for preparation of each session.

Reserves and eReserves

You may put items on reserve in the library for your students to use. This can include copies of old exams, articles, books, videos - even rock samples! Typically, items on reserve are used in the library or checked out for a short period of time. We can also help you prepare material (scan articles) for use in D2L. In additon to assistance preparing reserves, library staff are available to answer copyright and fair use questions. 

Customized Research Guides

We offer customized research guides tailored to your subject, class, or assignment. These guides can be tied to a library instruction session, or be an independent set of library resources for your students. See examples of librarian-created guides at

Faculty & Staff Research

While our collection supports freshman/sophomore level research, we provide support for faculty research through interlibrary loan. As part of the UW Colleges and UW System, you have access to a wide range of comprehensive databases (Lexis-Nexis, MLA, and Web of Science, to name a few). Many of these databases offer full-text articles and can support advanced research. The complete list of databases, arranged alphabetically, is available here.

Faculty Publications

See more faculty publications here. Search for your publications here.



If you are interested in recording your class lectures to share with your students and/or the wider online community, please contact library staff. There is a short orientation to go through with the library staff before getting started. Listen to some prior lectures on SpiritCast.

Web/Blog Presence

You can create your own website using the campus WordPress site. It is easy to create your own blog and the library staff can help you customize it to your needs. Share your knowledge with the world through SpiritBlogs.

Instruction Modules

Librarians are available to collaborate and assist with assignment design and instruction on research strategies. The modules listed below provide a sample of the various types of instruction sessions librarians routinely teach. An instruction session may incorporate more than one module as time permits. Instruction sessions are tailored to your course and class assignment - we recommend one week's notice for preparation of each session.


Create a Research Plan (20 minutes)
• Select an appropriate research topic 
• Develop a strategy for gathering information 
• Identify key words and concepts 

How to Use the Catalog and Find a Book (25 minutes)
• Perform effective author, title, subject and keyword searches 
• Utilize advanced search features 
• Manage "My Account" and place interlibrary loan requests 

How to Use Databases and Find Articles (40 minutes)
• Identify appropriate databases for a research topic 
• Access and navigate general databases 
• Locate and retrieve an appropriate journal article >
• Understand and apply Boolean logic, limits, and other advanced search tools 
• Differentiate index from full-text databases 

Using the Web for Research (30 minutes)
• Discuss and evaluate a variety of Web tools 
• Identify the most effective applications for each type of tool 
• Create effective search strategies 
• Evaluate web sites 

Applied Critical Thinking (30 minutes)
• Distinguish between different types of resources. Examples will include a scholarly journal, a trade magazine, a popular press book, and a monograph. 
• Learn what criteria should be applied to information and information filters such as books, web sites, article indexes and other reference sources 
• Apply criteria to actual information sources. 

Specialized Instruction

Librarians are ready to collaborate with faculty to design an instruction session that meets the needs of your students. Examples include:
• How to find and use government information 
• Preparing an annotation 
• Biographical research
• Designing and building surveys using Qualtrics

Also available:
• Hands-on research time (partial or full class period) to allow a class to begin their research with the assistance of one of the librarians 
• Individual consultation to provide one-on-one assistance for independent research.