Librarians are available to collaborate and assist with assignment design and instruction on research strategies. First Year Seminar students receive a basic introduction to the library. After completing this session, students will be ready for more focused instruction. 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.
Library Course Pages (LCPs)
The UW Colleges Libraries generate customizable library pages for each section of each class offered. Talk to a librarian if you want to make any changes to your LCPs. LCP links are embedded by default in all D2L pages, or can be found on the UWC Libraries website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
• 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.