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Information Literacy: Faculty Resources

Support For Your Courses

Van Wagenen Library is pleased to provide the following support to faculty for their classes.

Recommend a Resource

Use this simple online form to recommend a resource you think the library should add to its collection. You can suggest a specific title or identify a broad subject area in need of further collection development. Your requests will be forwarded to the appropriate library subject liaison.

Library Instruction Sessions

Faculty are encouraged to schedule information literacy workshops for their classes. Workshops are team-taught by both a librarian and the faculty member. They consist of hands-on activities to teach students the research skills necessary for students to successfully complete their assignments.

Research Appointments

Librarians can meet with students individually or in small groups outside of class to help with research projects. Students can get support on all aspects of the research process, from creating an initial search strategy to formatting their paper.

Embedded Librarians

Librarians at Van Wagenen Libraries can work with you to incorporate library/research activities directly into your courses. Activities can range from basic to advanced-level involvement with a librarian. Most require little of your time. All will aid in developing students' information seeking and research skills.

Custom Reusable Learning Object (RLO) Creation

Have us develop reusable learning objects (RLOs) that can be embedded into online learning environments to help your students gain information literacy skills. Examples include course research guides, videos, tutorials, quizzes and assignments.


Reusable Resources

Van Wagenen Library is pleased to provide the following reusable information literacy resources to faculty. Contact the library liaison for your department if you have any questions about incorporating them into your courses or want to work with a librarian to create a custom resource for your class.

Online Tutorials

The Tutorials Library Guide provides links to a range of instructional content intended to strengthen students' library research skills. The tutorials address both basic and advanced skills and include both locally-produced content and award-winning tutorials produced by academic librarians at other institutions. In addition, the Van Wagenen Library YouTube channel features a number of brief videos highlighting SUNY Cobleskill's library services and information literacy skills.

Library Guides

These guides are created to help students use library resources and begin research. They are categorized by subject areas and as general research guides (common to most areas). 

Citation Style Guide

This guide provides help with citing sources in various citation styles (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.). 

Open Educational Resources

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For more information about Open Education Resources--including freely accessible online textbooks you can adopt and/or modify for your classes--see our OER LibraryGuide.


Reserves Form

Library Reserves ShelfUse our Reserve Materials Form to request that a book or DVD be put on reserve for your class. You may drop off reserve materials at the library's circulation desk or send them through intracampus mail. If you need help accessing a copy of the source you'd like to put on reserve, please contact your library liaison.

Research Assignment Tips

Creating Effective Research Assignments

Why reinvent the wheel?  Browse the links below for example handouts and assignments that incorporate information literacy into classes.