Instructor Support

WorkshopThe University Libraries are committed to supporting instructors and students in the research process. Subject librarians work with instructors to provide access to course readings, design student research assignments, and plan and teach session on the use of library databases and effective academic research strategies. Here are examples of ways the Libraries can support your teaching and learning:

Sample of New Collections

  • African American Periodicals, 1825-1995 Features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans.
  • Empire Online With 60,000 images of original documents linked to essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. The sections cover Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire ; Religion and Empire; and Race, Class and Colonialism, c1783-1969.
  • With high-def webcasts and streaming videos from leading music festivals and venues as the Opéra National de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, and Milan's La Scala. Also video archive of performances by great musicians of the past, including Maria Callas, Leonard Bernstein, and many others. Documentaries on performers and composers, educational programs, and master classes are also included.
  • Europa Film Treasures Access to films of early European cinema from 30 European film archives.
  • E-Books The University Libraries provides access to well over 400,000 books in electronic format. They vary in features (downloading, linking) and we can help with any questions.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online Nineteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, providing searchable content from a wide range of primary sources for the “long” 19th century including a variety of material types--monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.
  • ComScore Media Metrix ComScore is an industry source of metrics, demographics, and other web analytics for major websites.

Assignment Consultation

Get advice on assignments that help students learn to research more effectively, get suggestions on resources that are available to support your course projects, or work with a librarian to teach a session(s) to support a specific assignment.

eLearning, Online Course Support and Library Course Pages (Moodle, etc.)

Subject librarians can customize a web page of library resources to support an assignment, course or program. Some faculty also add librarians as instructors in their course website (e.g. Moodle, WebVista) to support student research. We can also give advice on readings, images, video and other media to enrich your online course website.

Library Workshops and Course-integrated Instruction

Arrange for a customized library workshop designed with your particular assignment or course in mind. The large libraries have computer labs for hands-on workshops, but librarians can also come to your computer lab or classroom. The Libraries also offer free workshops for students, staff, and faculty. Faculty or instructors can require (or encourage) their students to attend particular workshops or include the link to one of our online workshops, guide or tutorials in your course site. Examples:
  • Strategies for literature reviews (tracing citations, organization, evaluation of sources, etc.)
  • Getting to know the literature/databases in your discipline (e.g. databases, journals, books, etc.)
  • Tools for creating bibliographies (e.g. using RefWorks, Zotero, EndNote, etc.)
  • Library tools for collaboration (e.g. for group projects)
  • Using Google as a research tool
  • Finding grant funding
  • and much more...


Electronic books now make up a significant number in our collection. We purchase academic e-books, including some textbooks, that you can integrate into your courses and accessed on a wide variety of devices from laptops to ipads and tablets. Learn more about Supporting eLearning with e-books.

First Year Writing

The University Libraries, in partnership with the First Year Writing program, have developed workshops and tutorials to provide an introduction to the University Libraries designed for first year students. This series is called Intro to Library Research (formerly known as Unravel the Library) and is available to anyone interested in learning more about the University Libraries and academic research.

Archives and Special Collections

The University Libraries hold millions of unique materials that provide high-quality learning experience for students. You can arrange a customized presentation, based on your course topics and on original primary sources (artifacts, letters, images, personal papers, etc.), to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to original research. Learn more.

Media and Student Created Media

The Libraries offer a variety of support on using and creating media for instructors and students. For example, we can help with integrating media into your course including reserving a video or consultant on assignment or projects and support students in creating media such as videos (equipment check out, production software, etc.)


Plagiarism is a complex issue. Your subject librarian can help develop assignments and lessons to ensure students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Libraries Exhibits and Events

Take advantage of our ongoing exhibits and lectures by incorporating them into your courses.


Tours of the library or collections that your students will be using most frequently are a way to increase students' comfort levels with the library and introduce them to the lay-out and services of the Libraries.

Faculty Seminars

The libraries offer consultations, workshops and seminars about methods to incorporate the libraries and our collections into assignment and strategies to improve student research. Learn more about our recent faculty seminar.
Visit our Researcher Support page for services that support your research and publishing.

Next Steps

Contact your librarian or Kate Peterson, Information Literacy Librarian (, 612-626-3746)

Course Reserves

Course Reserves allow instructors to provide access to books, articles, videos, etc. The Libraries can help you by getting materials we don't own, holding print or videos for check out, posting materials online for you and more. Student can access the reserves through the Library Course Page system.

Learn more about course and electronic reserves

Learn more about reserving media