As we all consider the logistics of teaching, learning, and offering support services to students in this uncertain time, we want to highlight the Library’s online resources and services to help support you and your students.
Remedies for Potential Lack of Textbook Access
During the closure, students lose access to our physical collection, including course textbooks in the reserve collection. In the interest of students, we urge you to:
- Textbook Scanning: Consider supporting your students’ textbook needs by requesting chapters of course textbooks to be scanned and made available to students via Canvas. Currently, faculty can submit requests to have print materials currently owned by the library scanned to PDF. Due to copyright restrictions, Library staff are restricted to scanning limited portions of a single textbook (2 chapters).
- Please complete a Textbook Scanning Request form for each textbook you use and course you teach.
- Research Databases: Explore resources that are available through the Library’s Research Databases.
- OER:Explore Open Educational Resources that are freely available online.
Ebooks, Journals, and Streaming Video
As you think through transitioning your on-ground course to an online format, consider the volume of supplemental materials available online through the library. Any of these resources can be used to complement your lectures, class discussions, or research material for course assignments. Visit the Research Databases page to browse, or get in touch with us to discuss options for your class. We recommend starting with the following:
- First off, see our handy guide for Creating Links to Articles & Ebooks to include links in your online course materials.
- Films on Demand - Documentaries in the humanities, history, health, technical education, archival films, and much more.
- EBSCO Ebook Collection - Ebooks on social sciences, information technology, the humanities, business, economics, and more. If there are ebooks, aside from course texts, you would like us to purchase for your students’ use, please let us know.
- Gale Ebooks - Background information from general and subject encyclopedias.
- Kanopy - Feature films, documentaries, and educational videos. If you would like us to purchase a Kanopy video for your class, please let us know at your earliest convenience.
- OneSearch - Los Rios Libraries' online catalog and access to the content of most databases held at Los Rios.
24/7 Chat Reference
Librarians are available 24/7 via chat reference. Recently the Los Rios Libraries have joined a global chat reference service. SCC and Los Rios librarians staff the chat service during most business hours, and non-local librarians are available to answer questions during all other times of day (or night). You will see the Ask A Librarian chat icon in OneSearch, the SCC Library homepage, and the Library’s Canvas page.
Flexible Library Instruction
Hands-on research instruction is not limited to use of our facilities. We are able to meet with your class synchronously using Zoom or asynchronously using any combination of recorded video, librarian participation in Canvas, and research guides that can support your course assignments. Please fill out the Library Instruction Request Form (there is an option for online support) and let us know how we can support you. You are welcome to continue booking face-to-face instruction at this time, and we will make adjustments in the event of a closure.
PILOT Research Tutorials in Canvas
The Los Rios librarians have developed a series of information literacy modules in Canvas. Module topics include developing a research question, identifying keywords, evaluating and selecting sources, MLA and APA formatting, and avoiding plagiarism. Each lesson includes readings, videos, activities, and a quiz to assess students’ understanding of the material.
Students can enroll in this self-paced course.
Online Faculty Consultation
Students can book an online research appointment with a librarian. Please feel free to use the same service if you would like help incorporating library resources into your online course. Speaking of which, if you have not yet set up a Zoom account you can do so at http://www.conferzoom.org/.
Please reach out to us with any questions. Use our contact form, call the Research Help Desk at 916-558-2461 (voicemail will be forwarded during the closure), or email a SCC librarian: