Archives—May 2016

Library Access – Anywhere, Anytime!

No matter where you are this summer, full access to the Van Pelt and Opie Library’s electronic resources is available anytime for faculty, staff, and active students.

We always recommend accessing journals and databases from the library homepage by clicking on the eJournals A-Z or Databases A-Z tabs. If you are away from campus, you will be asked to login with your username and ISO password.

Some work environments, such as hospitals, military or corporations, may have firewalls preventing access. A quick consultation with the organization’s system administrator usually opens a path for access.

For more information about off-campus access, check out our Remote Access to Electronic Resources page.

Summer Library Services

During the summer months, the Van Pelt and Opie Library offers the same great suite of services as during the fall and spring semesters. Some highlights include:

Research/Reference services are available Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm. Research consultations with librarians and archivists are also available. Please fill out the Consultation Request Form to schedule an appointment focused on your specific and confidential needs.

Would you like to place print or digital materials on reserve for your students during Tracks A or B? Please submit a Course Reserve Request.

Join a colleague for coffee outside on the John Rovano Plaza, adjacent to the Library Café. Café summer hours are Monday through Friday from 8am – 4pm.

The University Archives and Historical Collections is open Monday through Friday from 10am – 5pm.

The library building is open Monday through Friday from 7am – 9pm and weekends from 10am – 6pm during Tracks A and B. The Opie Library is accessible 24 hours a day with an active HuskyCard.

For any questions about library hours, please view the library hours page for more details and any holiday exceptions. Questions about any library services are welcome at

Linking to Library Resources from Canvas

The library’s online content, including journals, books, and videos, can easily be linked into your Canvas course. Linking provides access to library content without copying a work. Importantly, linking as follows enables the capture of (anonymous) usage – providing the library with these data for collections decision-making. Follow these easy steps:

Copy the url of the content you want to link. For example:

Prepend the url with the link:

The new link becomes:

Use the new link you’ve created to hyperlink the title of the work within your Canvas course: Academic Integrity as an Educational Concept

Your students, whether on or off-campus, can now access the reading. Off-campus students will be prompted to login with their ISO credentials to access this library resource.

Is There an OER in Your Future?

In a 2013 survey, 65% of students polled from universities and colleges across the U.S. stated that they had foregone buying a course textbook due to high cost. Ninety-four percent of these students admitted they made this decision despite concerns that not purchasing the material would hurt their grade in the course.

While there is no single answer to the high cost of textbooks, open educational resources or OERs are being incorporated into curricula at many colleges and universities. OERs are instructional materials freely available on the internet. Types of OERs include textbooks, content modules, simulations, image galleries, software, and more.

Many OERs are customizable, enabling an instructor to tailor a resource to their own course needs. Because many OERs are available for reuse through a Creative Commons license, the hurdles of restrictive licensing or costly permissions are removed.

OER collections are available through the following links:

Let the library help you with locating, using, or even creating OERs. Our institutional repository, Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech is a perfect platform for the OERs you create and want to share. And, when you would like assistance with interpreting the range of Creative Commons licenses, request a personal consultation with a librarian.

In addition, the library provides subscription access to many ebooks including titles published by Springer, IOP and ASM. Many Springer ebooks are also available as low-cost print versions that can be downloaded from the Springer ebooks site. Email for more information.

Library Instruction Offerings

Teaching faculty, instructors, and graduate student assistants often notice that their students have difficulty finding quality information or pertinent literature for projects. If you have ever lamented a project or paper citing information from Wikipedia or, the library can help! The library’s education team offers a variety of information literacy support options that can be modified and customized to suit the needs of individual instructors and courses.

Basic librarian involvement:

  • Librarian-created tutorials on various research skills and topics are linked in Canvas, with or without attendant quizzes.
  • A customized, course-specific research guide is created by a librarian, linked in Canvas, and promoted in class by the professor.
  • Research/Reference Help information is linked in Canvas and/or promoted in class by the professor.

Moderate librarian involvement:

  • Any or all of the above, plus:
  • Students visit the library for a course-integrated instruction session, ideally tied to a specific assignment.
  • Librarians select supplemental course materials such as articles, book chapters, or videos in order to extend students’ learning on course topics.

Intensive librarian involvement:

  • Any or all of the above, plus:
  • In addition to a course-integrated instruction session, a meaningful assignment can be created for students to complete either before or after the session.
  • A second instruction session may be added if necessary or desired.
  • A professor provides the librarian with student work products to assess in order to determine whether information literacy instruction should be modified.
  • Schedule a consultation with an instruction librarian to go over course materials and determine whether additional assignments or activities could incorporate additional information literacy elements.
  • If desired, the faculty member and librarian can explore the possibility of a course-embedded librarian.

Email to find out more about all of the options above or to discuss additional ideas for librarian involvement in your courses!