"I'm supposed to do research for this class but I just don't know where to start or get help!"
Sound familiar? Students at a distance can often feel overwhelmed by the challenges of learning away from campus. For some, the idea of doing research can be very intimidating. Fortunately, the OSU Libraries are here to help you and your students.
As the new Ecampus librarian, I'd like to take this opportunity to let you know what the OSU Libraries can do for you. First of all, we have a lot of online resources, including online databases such as ERIC, Web of Science, and many others in a variety of disciplines. We also have many e-journals with access to full-text articles. You and your students can access our library catalog online and request books to be sent to your home address.
We can also get books for you and your students from other libraries, including regional libraries in the Pacific Northwest via the Summit system and, of course, we offer Interlibrary Loan to get you and your student's articles and books from all over the country. Our new service, Scan and Deliver, let's you and your students place a request for an article and if it's here in the OSU libraries, we will scan it and send it to you and if not, we'll get it for you from another library. You can do it all in one easy step using the Interlibrary Loan form.
Where do you get to all these resources? There is a link to the library in your Blackboard course under external links as well as a tab top tab menu or you can go to the Ecampus Library web site.
The subject librarians are also more than happy to assist you with your course. We can make course related subject guides for you. This example is for an Anthropology course taught last year. We are also available to consult with students and get them on the right research path.
The Ecampus Library web page has more information about the library services but you are always welcome to contact me if you're not sure where to start. I am here on the Corvallis campus on the 4th floor of the Valley Library. My phone number is 541-737-7273 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to provide this information to your students. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and have a great quarter!
Instructional Design and Ecampus Librarian