We offer a broad range of resources and services to support your teaching, research and scholarship.
- Request an in-class instruction session
- Asynchronous teaching materials
- Media Studio
- Library support for your students
- Support for your students with accessibility needs
- Course reserves & copyright
- Textbooks and affordable course content
- Videos for classroom use
- Open educational resources
- Experiential learning opportunities for your students
Research & scholarship
- Research data management
- Working with data
- Archiving & preserving your research
- Publishing & author rights
- Writing support
- Research assistance
- Search the library collection and request materials
- Library in-kind support for grant-funded research
Services to support your teaching
Request an in-class instruction session on a variety of topics depending on your class’s needs. We can also assist with developing learning outcomes, assignments, and assessment tools.
We have developed asynchronous materials that you can incorporate into your classes or course websites including:
- The Digital Learning Commons, a large repository of videos, how-to guides, worksheets, and presentations on learning, writing, research, media, and data topics
- How-to guides on a range of academic and professional skills topics
- Writing Resources & Workshops
- Studying Resources & Workshops
- Data Skills Immersion program offered through Courselink
- Instructor Toolkit: Create a Digital Assignment
- Instructor Toolkit: Multiple Choice Exams
- Instructor Toolkit: University Essay
Faculty and instructors can book an appointment with the Media Studio to collaborate on assignment design to integrate digital media into your courses. Our create digital assignments guide outlines the resources available to support your students. We can also create a custom help guide for your students tailored to your assignment requirements.
We offer a wide variety of support for your students including:
- Free workshops for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of learning, writing, research, media, and data
- Free appointments with one of our experts
- Supported Learning Groups (SLGs) which give students a more in-depth understanding of the course content while learning in a small group format
- In-person, drop-in help on the basics whenever the library is open at the Ask Us Desk
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.
How do I set up course reserves?
Use Ares Course Reserves to help your students find course material all in one place.
- We will enable access to digital content you want your students to use, such as e-books, journal articles, streaming media, via Ares, the course reserves system.
- We will do our best to purchase or license a digital alternative to the print materials you require.
- We will ensure that all material posted in Ares complies with copyright, and accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Can I post copyright-protected material to my online course site?
When providing course readings and other copyright-protected materials to students, best practices are similar whether your class is in person or online.
To ensure that your course materials meet both copyright and accessibility requirements, submit them to Ares Course Reserve system. Library staff will obtain and pay for any copyright permission that is required.
Learn more about copyright guidelines for instructors.
When possible, the library purchases copies of textbooks for most undergraduate courses and makes them available through the Ares Course Reserve system. However, due to publisher restrictions on selling e-textbooks to libraries, often print versions are the only format we are able to acquire.
The current commercial textbook market causes affordability, accessibility, and equity issues for many students. We therefore encourage instructors to consider alternatives to commercial textbooks when selecting their course materials, such as:
- Scanning one or two individual chapters (subject to copyright guidelines) and posting them in Ares. When feasible, the library will obtain copyright permission for requests that exceed copyright guidelines.
- Creating an online course pack in Ares by linking to alternate content from the library’s collections of electronic resources.
- Having the library purchase an available e-book (that is not a commercial textbook) in the relevant subject area.
- Using or adopting an open educational resource (OER).
Contact Course Material & Reserve Services to receive support with selecting affordable alternatives to commercial textbooks.
Learn about public performance rights and browse our collection of streaming videos for classroom use.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials (including textbooks, videos, question banks, simulations and much more) that are openly licensed and freely available for anyone to use. OER can benefit you and your students:
- They often allow for modification so they can be tailored to your course.
- OER lessens financial pressures on students and ensures they have access to course materials.
Watch this short video and hear from University of Guelph faculty who have used OER.
- 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.
Services to support your research and scholarship
Contact Publishing & Author Support for help with developing a sound data management strategy. We can also help with finding, collecting, analyzing, visualizing and preserving data.
Contact Working with Data Support for help at any stage of the research data lifecycle including:
- Finding or collecting data
- Cleaning or preparing data
- Analyzing data
- Visualizing data
Contact Publishing & Author Support for help with meeting funding requirements, and preparing and depositing research outputs for preservation and sharing in an appropriate repository or a U of G repository.
Contact Publishing & Author Support for help to keep your rights as an author and 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.).
Faculty and instructors are welcome to book individual appointments with professional staff members to consult on writing projects, make writing plans for upcoming sabbaticals, and discuss feedback on journal submissions.
The Faculty Writing Retreat is offered each spring. This week-long retreat is designed for faculty and staff working on scholarly writing projects such as books, book chapters, and journal articles.
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
- Conduct a systematic review or other form of knowledge synthesis
- Use Zotero to manage your citations
- Get started on a literature review, scoping review, or systematic review
We also subscribe to hundreds of specialized databases.
Request a new purchase for the library collection.