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Time-saving tips for instructors from the Library

Welcome to the University of Toronto! As a faculty member, you have access to a rich array of print and electronic resources from 44 libraries across 3 campuses. Because finding your way around the library system isn’t always easy, we offer our top timesaving tips for getting started at U of T Libraries.

1. Contact your liaison librarian

Liaison librarians are your first point of contact and can help you find library services and resources to support your teaching and research.

2. Research support for your students

Point your students to the best resources and databases for their assignments. Start a conversation with your liaison librarian about librarian-built online research guides, subject-specific or course-specific, that link to major databases, research tips, and key library contacts.

Do you have a course website in Quercus, the University’s learning management system? Each Quercus course website has a Library Resources menu link containing discipline-specific research resources. You can ask your liaison librarian to customize this for you.

3. Partner with a librarian on student research assignments

Evidence shows that students benefit from detailed research guidelines, lists of useful databases, library research guides, and librarian contact information.[1] Ask your librarian for support in these areas.

4. Syllabus Service, reserve readings, and copyright

Make use of our Syllabus Service. By submitting your syllabus to the Library, we will ensure that your course readings are copyright compliant, and we’ll purchase licences for materials at no cost to you. Email for more information.

Do you need to place a book on reserve?  Email titles and your item(s) will be directed to the appropriate library.

Did you know that the Library helps instructors create zero-to-low cost courses using only open access, public domain, library-licensed, or other content that’s compliant with “fair dealing” principles? Email for more information.

5. Get help finding alternate learning materials

Would you like to add an Open Access dimension to your teaching? You can use our Open Textbook guide to find open access repositories of introductory university textbooks and learning materials. Many open textbooks can be modified and are always free to students in digital form.

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[1] Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg.  Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today’s College Students, (Project Information Literacy, July 2010),