There are many ways to include the library resources and services in your courses including a general information session taught by Library faculty for your class at the library or in your classroom or lab, linking to the Library's electronic copy of materials for the student and including a library search box in your course pages.
This section will present a few of the tools that Auraria's librarians can help you with.
Librarians with expertise in numerous subject areas are available for teaching, research consultation, and developing instructional materials. For details on all of these options, visit the Instruction Department's page.
If you would like an Adobe Connect or Skype discussion on library search for your class, contact the Instruction Department (303-556-6776) and we will get you set up with a librarian.
For more information on this topic see Connecting to Library Resources. There you will also find step by step guides to link to some of the Library's most used databases and resources.
To point students and colleagues directly to online content or to sample searches in appropriate databases you will generally need to pay attention to three things:
General procedure for finding a stable URL:
Typically, stable or not, the URLs will be looooooong. Some course software has a limit on the length of a link you can insert. When you do insert it, the course software will cut off the end of the URL making it unusable. There is a public utility on the web you can use to create a short version of those long complicated URLs called TinyURL. Take your long URL convert it to a TinyURL and insert the TinyURL version in your courseware. It will work just as well. Go to the site or use the box below.
In general there is no reason you could not place a copy online. In fact this might be necessary for articles the library does not have full text online. You may generally do this as long as the following apply:
Copyright is an extremely complicated subject so here is a handout for faculty from the Association of Research Libraries that outlines some best practices related to using materials in a classroom and online. Also the Auraria Library librarians have created a set of web pages, Copyright, Plagiarism and Intellectual Property, that focus on the issues surrounding copyright and fair use in higher education. There are many credible web sites out there from librarians/lawyers that are linked from these pages.
Whether or not you include the article might also depend on how much 'discovery' you'd like your students to experience while taking your course. You may wish to simply provide a copy of an article for the sake of time and efficiency or you might want to point your students in the general direction of the resources and start them exploring. An example might be a link to a fairly complicated search in Skyline that will display a list of books they might find useful.