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Library Resources and Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Integrating library resources in courses

A guide to library services and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Created March 13, 2020. Updated June 2, 2021

Integrating the library into your online course

We are still here to help with your classes!

Our Subject Liaison Librarians work closely with faculty to provide research help to students around course learning objectives, including: 

  • Constructing a research strategy 

  • Locating information by finding and effectively using the appropriate (electronic or paper) resources and services 

  • Evaluating and synthesizing the information discovered 

  • Citing their sources appropriately 

Our instruction sessions often include demos of library resources and time for hands-on exercises and discussion.  

This instruction is possible whether the course is in person, online, or blended.  Below are some of the ways to integrate your subject liaison librarian into your online course. 

Instruction Options

There are many ways that we can provide instruction to your classes

Live Zoom library instruction 

Librarians are happy to provide instruction to your courses via Zoom.  We can come to your office and join you for a video lecture, or we can do the instruction from our own office.  This method allows us to demo a variety of resources, and interact and answer questions from students as they come up. 

Recorded Lectures and Demos

We can also record a video demo of specific e-resources or search strategies.  These can be tailored to your course assignment and students can access them at point of need.   

Embedding your librarian in Canvas

Add your librarian to your Canvas course as an instructor.  We can add library content, join discussion board threads about research projects, or post announcements to your students with research strategies and tips.  Instructions on adding a librarian to your Canvas course are here

One-on-one research consultations with students

We are happy to meet with your students one-on-one to talk about their research projects and strategize the best ways for them to approach the research component.  We can meet with students over email or via Zoom.

Course Research Guides

Our Course Research Guides are created by the librarian specifically for your course and assignment.  They include curated lists of resources chosen by the librarian as well as information and context on how to best use them. Contact your Liaison Librarian to request a guide for your course.

Online Tutorials and Quizzes

Librarians can create online tutorials for our resources that lead students through how to use them.  

Integrating Library Resources in Canvas

Much of our library content can be embedded directly into Canvas. 

Resource Lists

Resource Lists allow you to add assigned readings to your course in Canvas.  This can include articles, book chapters, ebooks, scanned documents, streaming media and more.  Resource lists are fully integrated with Canvas and give you access to metrics on how students are engaging with each reading.

Library Help

In Canvas settings, you can enable Library Help.  This adds "Library Help" to the left-hand navigation in Canvas and embeds the appropriate library research guide, a link to the subject librarian, and databases for your subject. 


Links to Online Articles and Chapters

You can also link directly to an online article or chapter. This guide walks you through the best way to do that.

‚ÄčStreaming Video and Audio

The Libraries have thousands of streaming video and audio titles available for use in your courses.

Note for faculty who had DVDs on course reserves or had been planning on showing a DVD in class:

Please contact Cindy Badilla-Meléndez, Head of the Music and Media Collections, as soon as possible to discuss possible options.