For Your Teaching

Instructional support

The University Libraries offers a variety of instructional services designed to actively integrate information literacy into the curricula and to facilitate students' acquisition of critical thinking and information-seeking skills. Library faculty can provide targeted in-person instruction or online instruction to help your students.

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Library instructional services include:

  • Course-related instruction
  • Individualized instruction and assistance in developing library-related assignments
  • Train-the-trainer sessions for graduate assistants, peer mentors or others who may be teaching a course
  • Creating online course guides (LibGuides) about your discipline or class-specific materials that can be embedded into CANVAS
  • Integrating information literacy learning outcomes and assessment into departmental curricula
  • Creating online tutorials
  • Individual Research Appointments which can be booked online. Librarians with subject expertise are available for more advanced research consultations.

More Tools & Services to Support Your Teaching

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Reference librarians & assistants are available 72 hours a week during the semester for drop-in in-person, phone, email, and online chat assistance, and are also available during breaks and intersessions. We can help your students find resources, refine topics, troubleshoot access issues, and more.

Individual Research Appointments

Encourage your students to make an appointment with a reference librarian any time during the semester for research assistance on a specific subject or assignment. We offer increased appointment times during weeks seven through eleven of fall and spring semesters to accommodate demand.

Course Reserves

Put books from the library's collection, your personal books, extra copies of textbooks, or other materials on reserve in the library for your students to use during the semester.

LibGuides

LibGuides are course- and subject-specific guides developed by librarians. They are designed to help users do research in specific subject areas (like music or environmental sciences), find resources to complete specific assignments, or build proficiency using specific material types (like images and newspapers). If you would like a librarian to create a guide to support your course, please contact the liaison for your area.

Alt Source Your Textbook Adoption

We encourage you to alt-source your textbook! Discover the content we subscribe to and purchase in support of teaching and learning on behalf of you and your students. Explore quality open educational resources developed specifically for college teaching. We also have several repositories for you to use to publish your own curriculum materials.

ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion is a database of online information literacy/library instruction modules that can be easily embedded in Canvas and assigned to your classes.

Kanopy

Kanopy is a streaming service with nearly 20,000 educational and documentary videos that can be used to supplement course content. Faculty need to send a request through the Kanopy platform in order to view a video. This may take up to 24 hours to approve, so please plan accordingly. Trailers and other previews of Kanopy films can often be found on YouTube or elsewhere online.

Additional Resources

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) provides professional development workshops, consultations, web resources, learning communities, and more - all designed to help those involved in teaching to create an engaged and articulate learning experience for all BGSU students.

We encourage you to bring your class to the library, either to meet with a librarian or to allow your students to work on their own. You can reserve one of the spaces online. Many professors also meet with classes in the first floor reference area.

Many faculty assign articles from our databases by saving links to them in Canvas. But the url in the browser bar is not always the url that points back to the article. This guide to creating persistent links shows you how to obtain links that will work from on or off campus to articles in EBSCO, JSTOR, and other online database platforms.

The BGSU Textbooks site includes information about and suggestions for keeping textbooks affordable.

The Learning Commons offers drop-in and scheduled peer tutoring for a variety of courses and disciplines, as well as Supplemental Instruction for targeted courses.

The Writing Center offers services that can help both you and your students!