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The Librarians in the Reference Department seek to promote information literacy for the students, faculty, and staff of EIU and strive enhance familiarity with Booth's Collections and the rich information resources that are available to the campus community.

The following services and resources are available to faculty in support of their courses.

Consultation

Librarians can work with you to create assignments that best utilize reference resources, library catalogs and article databases. Library collections and tools change and evolve, and technological trends and scholarly interests alter how and what we research. It can be difficult to keep abreast of all the differences that occur from year-to-year. Librarians work with the collections and tools all the time and have the skills and experience to help you and your students navigate information resources.
If the Reference Librarian working with you is not the bibliographer in your discipline, we will work in conjunction with your Subject Librarian to insure that there are library resources available at Booth that meet the requirements of your class or assignment.

Reference Librarians also provide instruction to assist your students in finding information relevant to their class assignments.

Library Instruction

Booth Library has a classroom (room 4450) equipped with 24 computers enabling "hands-on" instruction in the use of the Library Catalog and appropriate, subject-specific article databases. Instruction sessions typically (though not necessarily) last one class session and can be designed to accommodate your class needs. Printing in the e-classroom is free. The Reference Librarians can also visit your classroom once or a number of times to follow-up on student progress or troubleshoot problems in research.

Librarians can be "embedded" in your D2L course to be a support for assignments and research. We communicate with the Writing Center to find the best help for students. In addition to instruction in the use of periodical databases, Librarians can present about a particular library resource, such as finding court cases in Lexis Nexis for ewample. Librarians will tailor their presentations to skill levels from the most basic to graduate-level advanced research methods.

Customized research guides can be developed by librarians for your course, or on particular topic guides.

Booth Reference Librarians can teach about good information stewardship, emphasizing appropriate attribution, proper citation styles and the ethics and consequences of plagiarism.

Complete the instruction request form or refer to Subject Librarian for information on arranging library instruction for your class(es) or for information on embedding librarians or library resouces in your online course.

Reserves

The Reserve Services at Booth Library are used by students to access course-related materials which have been assigned as required reading in their classes. These may be articles, book chapters, videos, etc.. By putting assigned items "on Reserve," they will be more readily accessible to students because these materials are designated by the course instructor to have short loan periods, which can range from 2 hours, to two days. Electronic reserve services are also available.
Please refer to Reserves for more information.

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