By Shannon Lucky, Information Technology Librarian
As we enter a new Fall semester the University Library has launched a major update to our Research Guides. These guides, built on the new LibGuides2 platform, are carefully curated selections of discipline and course specific resources combined with information on how to conduct research, writing skills, and other valuable Library tools. To explore the new guides, go to the University Library homepage and choose “Research Guides” under the Tools and Services column on the left-hand menu, or go directly to http://libguides.usask.ca.
There are 3 types of Research Guides you can find through the University Library:
- Subject Guides are maintained by your subject librarian. These guides present carefully chosen selections of subject specific, high quality, scholarly resources, saving you and your students time by highlighting the best resources in your discipline. Browse Subject Guides.
- Topic Guides cover how-to topics such as Finding Journal Articles, How to Evaluate Information Sources, and Citation Style Guides. They also present resources and information that are not subject specific such as Open Access, Copyright for Educators, and Research Metrics. To browse Topic Guides go to the Research Guides Homepage and choose “By Type” from the menu.
- Course Guides are built to support a specific course or individual class. They can direct students to course specific resources including permanent links to full text articles, recommended research databases, books and other library holdings, video tutorials, and much more. They can also be used to easily create reading lists that link directly to any items that the library has in our digital or physical collections. Explore an example of a Course Guide DeDe Dawson, Science Librarian, has created for a Biology 301 class. To browse other Course Guides go to the Research Guides Homepage and choose “By Type” from the menu.
Research Guides are fully integrated with the Library collections and can also including any online resources from outside the Library that fall within copyright permissions or can be linked to from the guides. This platform is very flexible and user friendly and we encourage you to make use of this newly updated resource. If you are interested in using Research Guides as a teaching tool please get in touch with your subject librarian and let them know you want to create a Course Guide using LibGuides2. If you have suggestions or questions about your Subject Guide please contact your subject librarian or Tell US your comments. We welcome suggestions for improving the guides and tailoring them to better serve our patrons.