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Students' tuition pays for online resources. These materials are underutilized unless instructors provide links at point of need. Usually that will be in Canvas learning management system. Let's collaborate to make sure students get their money's worth.
Teaching Materials at Life West
Material for Faculty Use
Please promote resources to students on Canvas and in other course materials.
Some instructional programs feature tools for students and/or teachers to monitor progress.
Submit suggestions for new materials to librarians directly or via the Let Us Know box.
Online Resources - available On Campus and Off Campus
The library's subscriptions to online materials such as ebooks, journals, databases and instructional materials are made available for off campus use by our proxy server. Students' credentials are included in their orientation materials. Faculty must request credentials from a librarian.
Best Practice for Providing Links to Online Resources
Following best practice ensures that students can get the material both On Campus and Off Campus. It also facilitates compliance with copyright. Please seek librarians' assistance for further questions.
TIP: Never click on a resource and then copy and paste the link from your browser's address bar.
- Test the links embedded in your course materials each term. Due to vendors' upgrades, librarians sometimes have to edit the links. Links are kept updated on library webpages and guides, and in the library's online catalog.
- Online resources including interactive tutorials, streaming video, ebooks and webpages
1. See if the resource is listed in Multimedia Resources: Copy and paste the link.
2. If not listed, find the title in the library's online catalog
- Add title to My List
- Go to My List: Select the title, and Email this list
- Copy and paste the hyperlinked title from the email message
- Journal articles in library's collection
For free, open access articles, simply provide the link. Open access journals are typically found at the publisher's journal site or a repository like PubMed Central.
For articles in subscribed journals, attach the PDF as a convenience to students. Consider also providing a link to the full text. Some students prefer a different electronic format than PDF. Many publishers offer additional electronic formats such as HTML and ePub. Some publishers enhance articles with supplementary material not available in the PDF. Using the best link to a subscribed journal article can be tricky. See a librarian or send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or for training on how to do this.
- Journal articles not available in library's collection
Librarians will investigate the cost of copyright royalty fees for providing the PDF for an article in an unsubscribed journal. Most likely, the article will be placed on print reserve due to the lower cost. Librarians will preface the article with a prominent notification of permitted use. Please include the citation and clearly state where students can get the full text (Library Print Reserves).
Open Access Materials
Please use the Let Us Know box to share recommended links with colleagues. With your recommendations, librarians can post a list of open-access resources for a specific discipline as well. Thank you.
The MERLOT system provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers.
Teaching Materials from Publishers
Publishers typically provide desk copies through their representatives who expect a reasonable number of textbook sales to students. Some publishers provide additional online materials for teachers only. Requirements vary.
Textbooks with Online Supplements
Read the license associated with your access to online assets and features.
Jones & Bartlett has a program allowing instructors to compile and organize chapters from Jones & Bartlett assets integrated with the instructor's own own material.
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