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Library Services 2023-24

This guide explains how you can access library services and resources, updated for the 2023-24 academic year. It includes information about hours & services available for students, faculty, and guests at the Elihu Burritt Library.

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Research Help - Book a Librarian Online

Do your students need help with research?

Do your students need help with research? (including topic selection, planning their search strategy, finding & evaluating materials, citing their work). Have them reserve a block of time with a librarian for online 1-on-1 research consultation & assistance. Bookings can be made at

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Library Instruction Services

Library Instruction Services In-person and Online flyer explaining what information literacy instruction librarians can provide for faculty

What is Information Literacy Instruction?

Library instruction is key to building students' information literacy. Information literacy allows scholars to assess their information needs, find information, evaluate it, and use it appropriately per the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education.

Request An Instruction Session

The Library instruction request form may be used to schedule an information literacy session conducted in-person or online. In addition, this form may be used to request the creation of various online research aids such as a course guide, video tutorial, lesson plan, or other services to support your teaching.

Please notify us a week in advance for previously taught library instruction sessions and two weeks in advance for new library instruction sessions to ensure that we can accommodate your request. To assist in planning and get the most out of a library instruction session, the form asks you to upload a copy of the assignment or course syllabus as well as select up to two learning objectives for the instruction session.

Details on the learning objectives are found here:


Students will...

Research Scope and Keyword Concepts

  • develop a workable research question or provisional thesis statement
  • determine key concepts relevant to their research and develop keywords

Overview of library website, physical resources, databases, subject guides and application of search strategies

  • identify where to find appropriate information sources for scholarly research
  • access information using effective search strategies

How to evaluate information and its sources critically

  • systematically and methodically analyze their own and others' assumptions
  • evaluate the relevance of resources in a given context

Using information effectively

  • identify and select the types of sources (primary/secondary, scholarly/popular) relevant to their purpose
  • read and utilize information from an academic article on their topic

Research ethics

  • provide in-text citations and bibliographies that are accurate and complete
  • quote and paraphrase information in ways that are true to the original context
  • distinguish between common knowledge and ideas requiring attribution
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal restrictions on the use of published, confidential, and/or proprietary information

Other requests or inquiries should be directed to Joy Hansen, Reference & Instructional Design Librarian or Martha Kruy, Reference/Instruction & Assessment Librarian.

Library Services for CCSU Faculty

Your courses are in Blackboard...and so is the Library!

You have seamless access to Library resources in all Blackboard courses including access to databases, research and citation guides and more.  

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There are two main access points:

  1. For faculty who have already built their courses, you can now upload Library Resources as a Content Area by following these instructions, “Library Resources Content Area Template”.

  2. Library Resources have also been added to Blackboard’s “Pre-built Templates” – Basic, Enhanced, and Enhanced Plus (Accessing and Installing Pre-Built Templates).

We are also happy to discuss the needs of courses created in Moodle - contact Joy Hansen at

Course Reserves

Course Reserves

The purpose of Course Reserves is to assist teaching faculty by providing a facility in which there is controlled circulation of class material needed by their students. Traditional and digital course lists are accessible through CENTRAL SEARCH by Instructor or Course Name.  Signing into CENTRAL SEARCH first is essential for locating the material.

Here are detailed instructions on how to request items be placed on reserve.


Finding OER to Supplement Course Materials

Open Educational Resources 

You can find ways to supplement the material using Open Educational Resources (OER). It is possible to find OER in your discipline, which students can then access online. While the OER you find may not be exactly like the original textbooks or materials you used for your course, they will still provide important resources for student learning in these extraordinary circumstances. 

To learn about and find OER, please visit: 

For help finding materials related to your subject, or with any other OER-related questions, contact the OER Library Team:

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