Last modified: December 13, 2013
- Research Assignments
- Course Materials
- Multimedia & Software
- Resources for Specific Courses
- K-12 Resources
Instructional Support - Research Assignments
Work With Us
- Integrating research skills into your curriculum (at course or program level)
- Creating online tutorials
- Developing research assignments and class activities
- Customizing research guides available from your D2L or Blackboard course site
Customize Library Tools
A customizable set of “Library Tools” is in the tan menu bar in all D2L and Blackboard courses. By default, it provides links to library services, a chat box to ask us a question, a catalog search box, and subject databases (based on course prefix).
The instructor of record can customize these tools, adding databases and other resources useful for your particular course.
Use Online Tutorials & Guides
Database of Tutorials
A searchable interface of more than 100 tutorials, guides and other resources to help your students through the research and writing process.
Resources to help students get started with research in a particular subject area.
Last modified: May 15, 2015
Instructional Support - Course Materials
Free Scanning Service
We can digitize articles, book chapters, and other course readings for your class. Sign in to your Document Delivery account and select “Article” or “Book Chapter” from the Make a Request menu.
Alternatives to Textbooks and Coursepacks
See our detailed Copyright Guide for an overview of all things copyright.
You can also view our Fair Use and Copyright in Instruction presentation for a great overview of how to apply fair use and copyright in your courses.
Contact Dan Lee, Director of the Office of Copyright & Scholarly Communication.
Open educational resources (OER) are materials that are in the public domain or have been released with an open license (often a Creative Commons license). Anyone can freely copy, use, adapt, and re-share OER. Resources include full courses, textbooks, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video, animation, software and games.
Where to Find Them
- Open Textbook Library (University of Minnesota)
- OER Commons
- OpenStax College (Rice University)
- MERLOT II
- Open Education Consortium (community colleges)
- Kortemeyer, Gerd. (2013, February 26). Ten years later: Why open educational resources have not noticeably affected higher education, and why we should care. EDUCAUSE Review.
- Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. (2014, January 1). Affordable College Textbook Act Fact Sheet [PDF]
- Student Public Interest Research Groups. (2014 January). Fixing the broken textbook market: How students respond to high textbook costs and demand alternatives.
- Schaffhauser, Dian. (2014, August). Complete guide to Open Educational Resources. Campus Technology, pp. 19-24. [Note: free registration is required for access]
Last modified: March 30, 2015
Instructional Support - Multimedia & Software
Video Streaming Service
Free service that allows UA faculty and instructors to request films or audio to be streamed for course-related use.
A list of databases that include thousands of online films in a variety of subject areas.
If your students need to use certain software or plug-ins for your course, you can request for these to be installed on the library, ILC and other campus computers. Email requests to Michael Brewer, Head of Research & Learning, or Karina McCune, OSCR.
Last modified: December 2, 2014
Instructional Support - Resources for Specific Courses
English Composition (Writing Program)
Resources to support students and instructors in English 101, 102, 107, and 108. To book our computer classroom to teach your students library research, fill out the request form.
Library modules developed specifically for History 301 and 498/496H. These modules cover the core research skills needed for all History Majors.
If you use D2L or Blackboard, your “Library Tools” tab already includes subject databases based on course prefix. You can further customize “Library Tools” for your specific course section.
Last modified: March 30, 2015
Instructional Support - K-12 Resources
We work with the University Office of Undergraduate Admissions to provide interactive tours for high school students as a part of the students' activities on campus coordinated through the Office of Admissions.
We also provide training and/or information for high school teachers or librarians, so they can lead tours of the University Libraries for their students. To learn more about this, contact Jeanne Pfander.
Campus tours for visitors and middle school groups are available through the UA Visitor Center.
Last modified: January 29, 2014