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Faculty Services: Library Components for Syllabus

Library Resources or Services to consider for Syllabus

Suggested library syllabus language

(Longer version)

For research help, contact the Library! The Worcester State University Library, located on the second and third floors of the Learning Resource Center, provides access to print materials and items on course reserve in addition to a wide variety of full-text online resources including e-books, journal articles, newspapers, and magazines. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the physical Library may have limited hours and services. Please check this site for updates: https://libguides.worcester.edu/library_resources_services_during_COVID-19. If you are not able to be on campus, many Library resources and services are accessible online through the Library website: https://www.worcester.edu/library/. If you are unable to access an article or electronic book, please send an email to libaccessrpt@worcester.edu.

Articles and book chapters not available from the WSU Library may be obtainable from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). With a little planning, ILL expands your ability to get credible sources about topics you pursue in your coursework. Learn more about ILL here: https://www.worcester.edu/Interlibrary-Loan-Desk/.

WSU librarians can help you identify research strategies, develop research questions, search for relevant and reliable information and data, select sources, and cite information. A librarian can virtually visit your class, meet with you online (one-on-one or in groups), and provide assistance via email, phone, videoconferencing, or chat. While every WSU Librarian is able to help students with projects in any discipline, each academic department has a designated librarian to support the research needs of the students in that department. Make an appointment here! https://libguides.worcester.edu/askus

(Shorter version)

Need to do research but don't know where to start? Searching for a book, article, or data to support your argument? Ask a librarian! Help is available via chat, email, phone, or by appointment. https://libguides.worcester.edu/askus In light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the physical Library may have limited hours and services. Please check this site for updates: https://libguides.worcester.edu/library_resources_services_during_COVID-19.


Other suggestions for items to include in your syllabus

1. Your Liaison Librarian's Contact Information

    Liaison Librarians are designated for each academic department, center, and institute at WSU.

    Students are welcome to contact the liaison librarians for any questions about research resources and library services.

2. The Link to Relevant Subject Guide

  • There students can find comprehensive research resources related to the course subject including

            academic databases, books,  journals or professional internet resources.

  •  Faculty are welcome to make comments or suggestions to improve the subject guides with the liaison librarians.

3. The Link to the library "Ask Us" Onsite/Online Service

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, librarians are only available for virtual research help for the Fall 2020 semester.

4. The Link to the Library Research 101 Guide

    Library Research 101 is an introductory guide designed for the students not familiar with information literacy.

    The guide lists the following contents:

  • the research cycle
  • library databases for background information
  • information search tips and strategies
  • knowledge of citation and scholarly communication

5. New Interlibrary Loan Service

  •  The library launched the new Interlibrary Loan Service System in fall 2017.
  •  Everyone at WSU has an account in the system and can track and manage all their requests. 
  •  The new system links to the library databases, and the request form can be automatically filled out if you directly use the "Request through Interlibrary Loan" button in the library databases.
  • The request will be processed immediately. It generally takes 2-3 days to deliver a journal article in PDF format. It usually takes more than 1 week to deliver a print book. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, delivery times may be slower.

6. Off-campus Access

    EZ-Proxy is the way we use to authorize the access to library E-Resources from off-campus.

    E-Resources include E-books, E-journals/magazines/newspapers and all of the subscription databases.