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College in the Schools Instructor's Guide to the University Libraries

This page brings together information about library services and tools supporting the College in the Schools curriculum. Hopefully, this introduction will make it easier for you to utilize library resources in designing your assignments and planning library visits.

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Contact Information
Please contact me if you are preparing to bring your class to visit the library or for assistance with assignment design or selecting appropriate resources to support your assignment. Unfortunately, I am limited in providing direct instruction or lead tours for visiting College in the Schools classes. You will be responsible for leading tours for your class. However, I am happy to do what I can to help you plan and prepare for your visit.
  • Kate Peterson
    mailto: katep@umn.edu
    E-mail:katep@umn.edu
    Phone: (612) 626-3746
Help your students initiate their accounts
https://www.umn.edu/initiate
Students need to set up their U of M email account in order to be able to login and access library databases, online journals, magazines and newspapers and ebook. Students must fill out this form at ADCS' Student Internet Account Initiation site. They will need to supply their Social Security Number, student ID Number, and date of birth. Designing Assignments
I am eager to assist you with creating research assignments that will work well for you and your students. Please contact me for help with:
  • identifying research skills students need to know to successfully find and use information for a required writing assignment
  • designing library instruction and/or integrating instructional activities into the syllabus
  • selecting information resources that support your assignments and help students to expand their skills as researchers and writers
  • planning a coherent and accurate building orientation to Wilson Library


Online Tutorials for Library Instruction
https://www.lib.umn.edu/instruction/tutorials
Include the following modules into your course to help students learn about using the Library.

Starting Points for Student Research
Help your students to become library- and research-savvy with online resources developed at the U of M Libraries to assist undergraduates with the practice and the process of research.
  • Assignment Calculator
    http://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/
    Enter in the due date for your research project (paper, speech, video, poster, lab report) and get a suggested time-line for completing your project on time plus links to the resources on campus that will help you succeed in each step.
Resources for College in the Schools Assignments
  • COMM 1101: College in the Schools Public Speaking
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=2924
    This CourseLib page was created as starting point for COM 1101 research assignments. It will help your students find and search article indexes for newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. It also has resources on current issues and statistics.
  • POL 1001: College in the Schools Sections
    http://courses.lib.umn.edu/page.phtml?page_id=2109
    This page was created as starting point for POL 1001 research assignments. It will help your students find and search article indexes for newspapers, magazines, and scholarly political science journals. It also has resources on current issues, country studies, and legislative research.
  • WRIT 1301 Ethnography Assignment
    http://courses.lib.umn.edu/page.phtml?page_id=2132
    This page was created as starting point for students working on the ethnography assignment. It will provide your students with examples of ethnographic studies and sources with tips on observing a group, conducting an interview, taking field notes, and the ethics of ethnography.
  • WRIT 1301 Trend Analysis Assignment
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=3469
    This page was created as starting point for students working on the commonly assigned "trend analysis" paper. It will help your students find and search appropriate article indexes, find statistical information and polling data, and find background information on their topics.
Planning a visit to Wilson Library
You are welcome to bring your class to Wilson Library for a tour. However, you will be responsible for leading tours for your class. The following resources will help you prepare for your visit.
  • Tour Outline and Virtual Tour:
    • Wilson Library Guide and Tour
      http://wilson.lib.umn.edu/welcome.pdf
      Introduce your students to Wilson Library using up-to-date, accurate information about collections, services, and locations. Use all or parts of our tour, depending on the requirements of your assignments.
Online Library Access and Borrowing Privileges
As participants in the College in the Schools program, your students recieve U cards and are able to use these to check out library materials. They also have online access to library databases and e-journals, using their internet id and password. Please see the links below for information on your students' access to the University of Minnesota Libraries.
  • U of M Internet Account Initiation
    https://www.umn.edu/initiate
    To log into library-licensed databases, you must first activate your University Internet account. You are automatically given an Internet account when you register for a credit-earning class at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities or join the staff.
    • Student Internet Account Initiation
      https://www.umn.edu/initiate
      To set up their U of M e-mail account (which is also the ID and password used to login to library databases), students must fill out this form at ADCS' Student Internet Account Initiation site. They will need to supply their Social Security Number, Student ID Number, and date of birth.
    • Instructor Account Initiation
      If you are listed in the online U of M Staff Directory (at: http://www.umn.edu/lookup ), but have not yet received your e-mail password, call the ADCS Technology Helpline at (612) 626-4276 for assistance.
  • Borrowing Policies
    https://www.lib.umn.edu/services/borrowing
    General policies for checking out library materials.
General Resources for Teachers
  • Welcome K-12 school visitors!
    http://wilson.lib.umn.edu/k12/
    Resources for K-12 students, teachers, and librarians visiting the U of M Twin Cities Libraries.
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