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Faculty & Instructors

We offer a broad range of resources and services to support your teaching, research and scholarship.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help.


Research & scholarship

Services to support your teaching

How do I set up course reserves?

Use Ares Course Reserves to help your students find course material all in one place.

  • We will do our best to purchase or license a digital alternative to the print materials you require as our physical collection is currently unavailable.
  • We will enable access via the Ares course reserve system to any content that already exists in a digital format, such as e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials. 
  • We will ensure that all material posted in Ares is copyright and AODA compliant and is able to be directly integrated into CourseLink

Permitted uses of copyrighted works are generally the same whether teaching is done in person or online. Copies that were okay to provide to students in a classroom setting are also okay to post for students to access online, especially when online access is limited to the same enrolled students, for example, on CourseLink.

Learn more about copyright and lecture slides, course readings, audiovisual material, and tests and exams.

How can I find videos to use in my teaching?

Learn about public performance rights and browse our collection of streaming videos for classroom use.

How does the library support Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials created by faculty that are freely available and openly licensed, and can be used instead of traditional course materials. We can help you find or create OER.

How do I book an in-class library workshop?

The library has a broad range of expertise to help you advance your students' academic and professional skills development.

Connect with us to discuss how we can support the following skills and competencies:

  • Writing
    We assist with incorporating writing skills and assignments into your courses. To request an in-class or departmental workshop, please complete the Workshop Request Form or contact the library
  • Research skills
    Contact us to discuss having a librarian visit your course to provide instruction or to get advice on developing learning outcomes, assignments and assessment tools.

  • Numeric and geospatial data and statistics
    Contact us about in-class instruction and workshops on data collection, creation, cleaning and preparation, analysis, or visualization. We provide instruction on several statistical and geospatial analysis tools. 
  • Studying, time management and presentation skills
    Our expertise is in how students learn and the pedagogical strategies that can enhance the learning process. We provide in-class instruction and consultation services for the collaborative development of course activities, assignments, learning outcomes, and assessment tools.  We can assist you in enhancing your students’ learning, performance, and skill development in areas such as effective group work, presentation skills, designing and presenting posters, critical reading, exam preparation (including integrative, oral, and comprehensive exams), time management and project management, and controlling procrastination and perfectionism. Contact the library to learn more.
  • Publishing and author support 
    Contact us to learn about how we can provide workshops, instruction, or individual consultations on author rights, open access publishing, reearch data management, Open Eduational Resources (OER), and digital scholarship support. 
  • Archival & Special Collections 
    We offer rich experiential learning opportunities for students to work with rare and archival material, and curate physical installations and digital exhibits. Contact us to learn more.
  • Digital media projects
    We offer consultations on assignment design to integrate digital media assignments (such as videos, blogs, and podcasts) into courses. Contact the library to learn more about the ways we can support your courses.

How does the library support experiential learning?

  • The library has more than 70 Peer Helpers who receive in-depth training and development in order to provide a range of academic support to students.
  • Archival & Special Collections offers rich experiential learning opportunities for students to work with rare and archival material, and curate physical installations and digital exhibits.
  • Students can gain valuable experience in academic publishing by contributing to open access journals hosted by the library.
  • The library has a filming studio, video editing suite and sound booth. We can help you integrate digital media (videos, podcasts, infographics) into course assignments.

How do I refer students to appointments and services?

  • The Ask Us Desk is a great place for students to get started.
  • Students can book free appointments to get help with one of our experts.
  • We offer a wide range of free workshops for undergraduate and graduate students.

How does the library support students with disabilities?

Library Accessibility Services provides adaptive software, technology access and instruction, study space, and other services designed to help students who are registered with the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) with reading, writing, note-taking and studying.

Services to support your research and scholarship

How do I get help managing my data?

We can help you with the information and tools necessary to develop a sound data management strategy. We can also help with finding, collecting, analyzing, visualizing and preserving data. Contact us to learn more.

How does the library support the archiving and preservation of research?

We provide support to help researchers meet funding requirements, and prepare and deposit research outputs for preservation and sharing in an appropriate selected repository or a U of G repository. Contact us

How does the library support publishing and author rights?

We can help you keep your rights as authors and help you sort out the world of copyright, intellectual property, and author addenda. We can give you the inside track on publishing in traditional journals, open access publishing, and other publishing formats (social media, podcasts, etc.) Contact us

We help create a website, online exhibit, or other digital project and help you choose and use the right specialized software to meet your needs. We help with creating accessible web content, scripting and debugging, and database design. Contact us

Can I get help with my writing?

Faculty and instructors are welcome to book individual writing appointments with one of our staff members.

The Faculty Writing Retreat is offered each summer. This week-long retreat is designed for faculty and staff working on scholarly writing projects such as books, book chapters, and journal articles.

Can I get research assistance?

We offer one-on-one appointments to help you 

  • Develop a research strategy
  • Identify key databases
  • Find grey literature
  • Improve your search queries to enhance precision and recall
  • Use software (e.g. Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote) to manage your citations
  • Get started on a literature review, scoping review, or systematic review

How do I search the library or request an item?

Use Omni to search the U of G library and 13 other Ontario university libraries. Omni gives you access to books, ebooks, journals, streaming video, and archival & special collections.

We also subscribe to hundreds of specialized databases.

Can't find what you need? RACER is our free interlibrary loan service.

Request a new purchase for the library collection.