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Online Students Use of the Library

This guide is intended for students who are using the library online to help guide the experience and make the library website easier to understand and use!

Library Resources in Canvas

There are three major library resources in Canvas. When you use E-Reserves, Library Guides, or Ask-A-Librarian in Canvas, you are actually using library services and resources! This page will give you more information on how to best use the library resources tab in Canvas. 

E-Reserves

E-Reserves is a way that your instructor places material on hold for you and your classmates. There are two major reasons that your instructor will use E-Reserves. The first is to make material available to you without requiring you to purchase a book. If the instructor only wants to use a chapter or two from a book, they can place these on E-Reserves. The second is to make material available for a large number of users. The materials that the library purchases might have a limit on the total number of active users. By placing this material on reserves, it allows everyone in the class to access that material at the same time. 

Library Guides

Library guides are basically a tutorial or guide that brings your attention to relevant library resources for particular subjects or guides. The whole goal of a library guide is to make the searching process a little less overwhelming for you and to save you time by giving you the information and tutorials that would be most helpful for you. For example, we have over 700 databases but only a few are relevant to you. We will pull those databases and put it in your guide .

You might now be wondering how you can find this library guide. There will be one subject guide associated with your course in Canvas. You can find this in the same 'library resources' tab as your E-Reserves folder. Simply click the library guide and start searching and developing your information literacy abilities. 

However, you might also find the need to look for others guides that are not linked to your course in Canvas. For example, we have citation guides or specific search questions like how to find historical newspapers. To find those guides you should go to: libraries.psu.edu.

 

 

The guide list below this are all of the course guides that have been created for World Campus courses. Check out the list and see if there is a guide for your course. A course guide is customized to go along with a specific course but is similar to the overall structure and goal of a subject guide. Many of the guides in the list below are run in courses that also have an embedded librarian. 

 

Librarian Role

Some of your courses could have a librarian added to them. The purpose of the librarian being in your course is to help with any research intensive assignments or information needs that you will have as a result of the assignments in the class. The librarian should have a visible communication presence in your class. You can identify them directly using the 'People' tab in Canvas. They should be titled as a librarian. Librarians really enjoy helping students with their work so do not feel bad about reaching out to us. It is the favorite part of our job! 

 

Ask-A-Librarian

You see that little 'Ask-a-Librarian' blue box on this screen? That box gives you the option to live chat with a librarian. While this tab is very apparent whenever you are searching the library, it also appears now when you are using Canvas. Click on this box and be connected to a librarian instantly. What can a librarian help you with? Well, watch the video below to find out.