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Instructor Toolkit

Course-related teaching links and tools

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Designing Effective Assignments

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Librarians actively engage with faculty and graduate teaching assistants as partners in programmatically integrating interdisciplinary research skills and resources into the curriculum. Using sound instructional design practice and pedagogy, librarians develop workshops and learning materials in support of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

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Would you like your students to locate scholarly journals?  Do your students have a research project that requires a bibliography?  Embed the Libraries How do I...? tutorials on your course website for simple answers to these questions.  The How do I...? tutorials series are concise, narrated, screencasts that instruct your students on how to use library tools such as RefWorks, how to locate materials such as scholarly journals or ebooks or newspapers online, and how to borrow materials from other institutions.

Tutorials can also be created to meet the needs of larger class assignments.

    Widget icon used on the teaching page.If you're using Catalyst CommonView, you can also embed a How do I...? or a Citations widget directly into your course CommonView space.  Learn more about what these widgets can do for your students!

    Course Reserve iconUse course reserves to put UW Library books, media materials and personal copies on reserve in the library for your students to read.  We also link to electronic articles available in Libraries databases and scan print journal articles for student reserve reading.  Instructors are responsible for copyright compliance.

    Instruction Request Form iconDoes your class have a specific research assignment?  Would you like a library workshop?

    UW librarians work with faculty and teaching assistants to develop information workshops tailored to specific courses and assignments. By telling us in detail the objectives of your course assignment, you can arrange for an effective information workshop tailored to the content of your course and your learning objectives for your students.

    We encourage you to work with a librarian to decide on a focus for the information workshop, such as: selecting and using research databases; using effective search strategies; finding academic journal articles; searching for information on the Web; evaluating information; using information effectively and ethically. This is just a short list of possibilities; many other topics could be the focus of an information workshop.

      Citation Management iconDo your students need to create a bibliography and footnotes to add to their paper?  Have them download the Libraries citation style guides.  Style guides cover APA, MLA, Chicago, and CSE.  Have your students keep track of their research using RefWorks, a citation management software that keeps track of your citation and produces bibliographies and footnotes with ease.  Information on using EndNote and Zotero may also be found on the Citation Style Guides and Citation Management Tools page.

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      Link to articles from Libraries' databases or entries in UW Libraries Search in your syllabus, on your course website, or when emailing a student.