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Faculty Guide to the Library

Find out what the library can do to help you save time and connect your students to expert research guidance.

D2L Widgets

Preview of the "ask the UP library" LOR object: provides contact options to email, text, chat, submit a form, search the public FAQ, make an appointment, and our hours.

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Ask the UP Library: a LOR Object

To add to your class, pick a module where you want it to appear, then click:

  1. New
  2. Add Object from LOR
  3. Search for "Ask the UP Library,"
  4. Click through the remaining screens to finish adding.

This item includes hours, all available forms of contact including a live, functioning chat button, appointment request button, and searchable FAQ.

It is dynamically linked back to a box in a private UPresearch page, so you'll never have to do anything to update this. Add it, and you're done! If we need to make any changes, they'll automatically be reflected in your copy.

Screenshot in D2L showing August 2020 with various workshops on the calendar

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SLRC Workshops & Events Calendar: another LOR Object

To add to your class, pick a module where you want it to appear, then click:

  1. New
  2. Add Object from LOR
  3. Search for "SLRC Workshops"
  4. Click through the remaining screens to finish adding.

This will display a calendar grid showing all our upcoming workshops and events for students to browse through. They can click an event to learn more or register to attend.

 

LTI page shown in situ in D2L: guide and database links are followed by the appointment widget and then an FAQ. Hours are in the right column.

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Automatically Add a LibGuide (Beta*)

This is a quick alternative to manually linking to a guide; what appears should* automatically match your class metadata. If you have an assignment guide specific to your class, you can just create a link to it. This is more useful if you haven't really worked with us but still want to start pointing your students to library resources.

Pick a module where you want it to appear, then click: Add Existing Activities > Third-party integrations > LibGuides - University Park.

There are 3 possible pages that can appear:

  1. The generic subject guide (auto matches metadata from your class against the metadata assigned to our guides)
    1. Want an assignment-specific guide? Talk to us!
  2. The generic guide of "Resources for Online & Distance Students.*
  3. LTI placeholder page, which collects links for the subject guide, some databases, and some other library info.

*We're still testing this to get predictable behavior! Because it reflects what class it appears in, it's hard for us to test or troubleshoot unless we're in your class.

Citation Resources: Handouts, Videos, Tutorials

Handouts

Tutorials & Workshops

Note: APA 7th ed. offers a specific manuscript format for students (which we recommend in most cases). Please be explicit in your assignments whether you expect the student or the professional manuscript.

Handouts

Handouts

Tutorials & Workshops

Interactive Tutorials

These tutorials are un-timed and asynchronous. Students may take them at any time of day and at any point of the semester (aside from any due dates you might impose). At the end, they will receive a certificate of completion (downloadable pdf - view sample).

Videos

Just videos for watching: no attached learning activities or completion certificates (besides any progress tracking you pay attention to in D2L). Below you'll find each video embedded in this page for you to preview alongside all the metadata at a glance, including the link or embed code for you to grab without having to leave this page.

 

Preview Details

 

Title: Fall 2020 Library Welcome

Length: 3:17
Captioned: yes
Coverage: Betty, Elaine, and Stephanie introduce themselves and share basic facts about the library and online resources for online classes.
Link:https://youtu.be/04VhtGIxF6Q
Embed Code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/04VhtGIxF6Q" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Title: How to Navigate to the Research Databases [updated 2019]

Length: 2:47
Coverage: How to get to the databases from LoneStar.edu, what's needed for off-campus access
Link: https://youtu.be/6Se7RmnDMt4
Embed Code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6Se7RmnDMt4" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Title: Research Framework: Selecting the Right Sources
Length: 15:11
Captioned: yes (automatic captions only)
Coverage: Understanding the differences between types of information sources, what counts as scholarly
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6j-N_gTH0M
Embed Code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b6j-N_gTH0M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Title: No Article Full Text? 3.5 Steps for Tracking It Down
Length: 7:19
Captioned: yes
Coverage: Locating an article's full text via the library Full Text Finder tool, and where to go when that fails (Google, then interlibrary loan request).
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzvK--ZYstw
Embed Code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/HzvK--ZYstw" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Title: Make an MLA Template (detailed)
Length: 13:06
Captioned: yes
Coverage: All the steps to formatting a Word document in MLA, including setting the font, spacing, and indentation, as well as necessary document elements (header, heading, titles).
Link: https://youtu.be/AMUvEzWC9hY
Embed Code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/AMUvEzWC9hY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Title: How-to Register For an NYT Subscription
Length: 6:40
Captioned: Yes
Coverage: 3 steps for LSC-University Park students to create an account for the NYT news information source.
Linkhttps://youtu.be/XzMZnKGtiQU
Embed Code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XzMZnKGtiQU" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Title: MLA Citation Workshop
Length: 12:24
Captioned: Yes
Coverage: A basic overview of MLA citation. This is a recording of the MLA workshop we offer, but in asynchronous video form (with no learning activity attached).
Linkhttps://youtu.be/32Q3QR4TBk8
Embed Code: 

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/32Q3QR4TBk8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Handouts: Download a Copy

General Research Guides