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Syracuse University Libraries

Resources for New Faculty

Discover how SU Libraries can support teaching, learning, and research during your first weeks as SU faculty member

Information Literacy Program

The Information Literacy Program at Syracuse University Libraries will deliver quality educational opportunities, inside and outside the classroom, to enable the Syracuse University community to succeed as members of an increasingly complex information society. Instruction is delivered within the Libraries by a diverse team of librarians who teach in a multitude of spaces, employ a variety of pedagogical approaches, and reach a wide range of student populations.

Librarians can help course instructors improve student learning by integrating information literacy skills into the curriculum. When class assignments require extensive use of library materials, for example, instructors might discuss with subject librarians how to help students engage with library resources and services. For more information on how SU Libraries can support student learning within your classes, please visit our instructional services webpage or contact your subject librarian

Check out the Learn@SUL! , an online workshop series covering a wide range of research topics. If desired, faculty and course instructors can assign attendance at one or more workshops as an extra-credit activity.

Library Information for Syllabi

Does your course require students to do research? Remind your students that SU Libraries staff are here to help! Please consider adding the following syllabus statement, in full or in part, to your syllabus, assignments, or online learning platform. Please contact your subject librarian with any questions. 

Research Assistance
Need sources for your research projects but don't know where to start? Searching for a book, article, or data to support your argument? Not sure how to cite a source in your bibliography? Ask SU Libraries! Research help is available in person, by phone, text, email, and online chat. Librarians can meet virtually with students one-on-one or in small groups to discuss focusing on a research topic, identifying and evaluating sources, and searching library resources effectively. For research assistance, please visit the SU Libraries Ask Us page:

In addition, each department has a designated subject librarian to support your in-depth research needs. You can contact the subject librarian for this course, [insert librarian's name], by email at [insert email address].

Research & Course Guides

Syracuse University librarians have created a wide variety of online research guides to help you and your students discover research tools, explore the research process, and locate helpful resources for a wide variety of academic topics and specific courses. Please contact your subject librarian to discuss whether your students might benefit from a course-specific research guide. 

Course Reserves

For 2020/21, the Libraries will provide reserves materials electronically to ensure that all students, on and off campus, can access these materials easily and safely. With this shift from physical to electronic items on reserve, the Libraries will provide and purchase e-books as well as create electronic scans of book chapters from our collections that faculty may place in Blackboard. E-resources have the benefit of allowing an unlimited number of students to access these resources from anywhere at any time. If an e-book is not available, the Libraries will scan and provide as much possible from physical books, following copyright guidelines. If a video or musical recording can't be found in our many online media collections, DVDs and CDs can continue to be placed on physical reserves


Syracuse University Libraries provide a wide variety of video, film, and music resources that can be used to support instruction. This year, the Libraries is focusing on the acquisition of streaming and online resources to support online and hybrid instruction. For more information on locating, reserving, and using multimedia to increase student learning within your courses, please visit our Video, Film, and Music Collections webpage

Linking to Library Resources

By adding library resources to your course website, whether through Blackboard, 2U, Moodle or another online platform, you make it easier for students to become aware of and access library databases, journals, articles, and other library resources you expect them to use in their coursework and research. Correctly linking to these electronic resources provides permanent and stable links for students to gain access even when off campus, supports good copyright practices (rather than, say, uploading pdfs), and allows SU Libraries to more accurately assess which resources are being used. For additional information, please visit our guide on Linking to SU Libraries' Online Resources.

Resources for Online Instruction

Syracuse University Libraries supports the information and library access needs for all SU community members, including online faculty and students. For information on how SU Libraries might support you and your students, please contact your subject librarian or visit our research guides on Resources for Online & Distance Students and Copyright for Online Instruction.