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last updated: 2/19/2013

Chapter 4- Graduate Student Guide

How to pay it forward

You get it, but your students may not understand the relative value of different types of information. We’re happy to help you teach them to take advantage of the trustworthy information librarians select, manage, and purchase for them.


1)      Request a course Web page (a customized online research guide for your class). By assembling many targeted resources on one Web site, course pages help students make the right information choices for their research. For large classes such as W131, pages already exist which you can browse for information. E-mail for more information.


2)      Link to library resources from Oncourse. Doing so means students don’t have to log out of Oncourse and go to the Libraries Web site. (Learn more on the next page.)


3)      Ask for help with instruction. Librarians are happy to assist you, whether introducing your students to library resources (at the library or in your classroom) or consulting with you to develop meaningful research assignments.



Go to the Graduate Students tab for links to request instruction and course pages.



Work with a faculty member to nominate one of your students for the Sam Burgess Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes extraordinary skill in the use of library resources. First prize is $1,000. Pretty sweet.



How to link to resources in Oncourse

You can create citation lists in Oncourse CL (the online course management system), allowing your students to link directly to suggested reading lists without having to leave the Oncourse environment. Narrowing the list of potential information in this way helps them feel less overwhelmed.


1)      Search and retrieve citations using OneSearch@IU from individual databases (such as ProQuest and JSTOR) as well as from groups of subject-specific databases, to create reading or citation lists.


2)      Add citations from Google Scholar search results. Citations contain links to retrieve the full-text or physical location of the articles you identify.


3)      Use the Library Resources link within Oncourse to link to subject-specific resources for your class. We’ve matched resources for every subject taught on campus.





How to engage students in class


Using DVDs, videos, or film can help you express a point. When films are viewed by a group—as when presented to a class—students share the experience and may be more willing to talk about it. Plus, you get a few extra minutes to collect your thoughts.


1)      Media & Reserve Services has instructional guides—title lists with brief descriptions—for many curriculum areas. Reference help is available for selecting among the tens of thousands of titles in the collection.


2)      Students can view materials you place on reserve. An increasing number of films are available online, in “streaming” format, so students can watch them anywhere.


3)      If you want to schedule materials for classroom instruction, we can deliver them via campus mail to your departmental office. Visit the Media & Reserve Services home page and click on Schedule Media for Classroom Use.


IU’s Web-based teaching portal assembles all kinds of resources that can help you in your teaching. Resources include a teaching handbook covering topics such as ethics, group work, planning a course, and lecturing. The site also includes academic policies, resources for collaboration, grants and awards, and more. Visit for more information.



How to put materials on reserve

Most libraries on campus will accommodate requests from instructors to place reading materials on reserve to ensure all students enrolled in a class have ready access to them. You can do this for print materials or by taking advantage of an online system that allows us to create, store, and provide access to electronic files. 


1)      To submit online requests visit the Media & Reserve Services home page. Click on Reserve Processing and follow the directions for the different formats.


2)      You can also take print materials to the desk in Media & Reserve Services in the Wells Library or to any campus library.


3)      Place digital materials on e-reserve yourself or have us do it for you. You’ll be an expert after a short training session. Go online for information about classes. As an instructor, you will distribute passwords and login information to students.


Know your limits. Go to to learn more about copyright and fair use for instruction.



Where to meet with students 

If you have little or no office space in your department, consider meeting students in a library. The Wells Library is close to most residence halls and classroom buildings, but a branch library may be even better.


1)      Converge in the Wells Library lobby. It’s a natural gathering place with lots of comfortable seating. What’s good about it is also bad. It’s central, visible, and active.


2)      Meet on the fourth floor of the West Tower. Rooms are available for two-hour increments on a first-come, first-served basis. 


3)      Rendezvous at the Cyber Café. Located on the ground floor of the Wells Library, it's also a good place to grab a cup of coffee, lunch, or a snack.


4)      Talk to branch librarians about possibilities. The Geography and Map Library has a separate room. The Business/SPEA Information Commons provides meeting rooms and Swain Hall Library offers two floors that include group study areas and secluded desks for one-on-one tutoring.




last updated: 2/19/2013