WR150: Library Guidelines for Instructors

Bring Students to the Library!

An instructor-led on-site visit can greatly increase student confidence in using library’s resources for research and improve the work students undertake. The following suggestions outline specific points instructors may want to present to their students-

Tour the first floor of Mugar and point out

  • The Research Center – emphasizing availability of reference librarians
  • The Reference Collection
  • Six other floors housing the library’s collection
  • Computer access
  • Circulation Desk
  • Photocopy and Scanning services
  • Reserve Reading Room – (see note)

Important Reserve Note: Place heavily used materials on Reserve. If an assignment is likely to lead some or all of your students to charge out specific materials, it is very important for you to consider placing those materials on Reserve. Otherwise one or two energetic students will identify and check out unique library resources the entire class might benefit from using, making work for the rest of the students considerably more difficult. If you have any questions about this, please consult your contact librarian.

Use Mugar classroom 503 to demonstrate

  • Use of the BU Libraries  Search
    • Book searches
    • Journal title searches – especially how to use a citation and identify if the library owns the journal cited
    • Why Word search may work better than Subject search
    • Familiarity with the LC call number system (many students are not familiar with this)
    • Can’t find it? – recommend consulting a reference librarian as there are many possible reasons and many available options
  • General online electronic resources useful to many disciplines
    • WorldCat
    • JSTOR
    • Project Muse
    • Science Direct
    • Humanities Full Text and/or Social Sciences Full Text
  • Discipline-specific electronic resources
    • Consult with your contact librarian to determine which are best for your undergraduate students

Research Aids Developed by Librarians Useful for WR150