by Laura Barrett
Director of Education and Outreach
There are so many online research tools available that it can be overwhelming; students often don’t know where to start. Library and Educational Technologies staff recently collaborated to connect students more readily with scholarly information relevant to each of their courses. You may have noticed a new menu item in your Blackboard course site: “Library Resources”. Click there, and the first thing you’ll see is a direct link to your course reserves. No more digging down through layers of links, your reserves are now easily found with just two clicks.
Back on the “Library Resources” page in Blackboard, the next item you’ll see is “Library Research Guides for this Course.” From there, you’ll be brought to the research guide for your course’s subject area. Each guide was created by the subject librarian who specializes in that discipline, and it provides information on the best starting points and in-depth research sources for your subject. Also, and perhaps most importantly, each guide includes a picture of and contact information for the relevant subject librarian. Students and faculty have a quick and easy way to get help from a specialist. We also hope that our smiling faces will help students feel comfortable asking for assistance!
Are you teaching a cross-listed course? If so, all of the relevant research guides will be linked from your site. Additionally, if you are working with a librarian who has created a specialized guide just for your course, that will be linked there, too. What’s the best part? Thanks to the expertise of our computing colleagues, all of this linking happens automatically, you don’t need to do a thing.