Support for Teaching
The Libraries and Instruction
Yes, the Libraries support your research efforts but we are also here to foster study, creativity, and teaching.
The following are some library resources and tools for your classes. Need more info? Contact your subject librarian.
Contact your subject librarian for a class visit in the library or in your classroom. Librarians can target instruction to specific research assignments or provide a general overview of collections and services.
Online class? Librarians can participate via Blackboard Collaborate or other conferencing tool.
No time for a class visit? Ask your subject librarian to create a LibGuide for your class. LibGuides are web-based tutorials that can provide guidance on a specific assignment, give tips on using a particular research tool, or cover the nature of research within a broad discipline. LibGuides can be linked to your Blackboard course.
Students may have advanced research needs that go beyond the time constraints of a 50 minute class. Encourage (or assign) your students to meet with their subject librarian for an in-depth consultation on library resources in their area.
The Libraries provide both electronic and paper reserves. Beginning in Fall 2013, electronic ereserves will be available from within your Blackboard class.
Print reserves are available at Mullins and all branch libraries: Fine Arts, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and Law, as well as in the Performing Arts and Media Department.
Unfortunately, many students assume the the Libraries will have all assigned books. As a general policy, the Libraries do not routinely purchase textbooks. We may be able to work with you to place a personal copy of a textbook on course reserve or to purchase any trade books that are assigned as supplemental reading. Send us your syllabus in advance to ensure that material is available to your students.
Writing and Citing
The Libraries provide several tools to aid your students in proper citation of research materials.
Our guide on "Citing your Sources" gives quick citation examples in APA, MLA, and Chicago / Turabian style formats. In addition, many databases now offer instant citation creators in a variety of styles.
For more intensive or long-term research projects, students may wish to use citation management software such as RefWorks, EndNote Web, or Zotero. Librarians provide both individual and group training on these tools.
The University of Arkansas Center for Learning And Student Success (CLASS+) offers tutoring in Mullins Library during the academic year.
See our New Faculty FAQ for information on study carrels, collection development, library technology, and other resources the Libraries offer to support you and your students.