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Adler University

Online Course Design and the Library: Information for SMEs

Choosing Resources for Your Course

Start with Adler University Library resources:

  • Reliable  scholarly and professional literature
  • No copyright limitations
  • Guaranteed access for our students

This guide will show you how to use our databases and catalog, and you can always have a Zoom meeting with the librarian on your course design team for additional assistance.

See the document below for a reminder of points from your kickoff call and important links.

If you are doing your research in other libraries:

  • If you have access to another university's library, don't use links to resources you find in that library in your course plan as they won't work for Adler students. 
  • Use the links to the right  to see if we provide access to the same article or place a request for it through ILLiad.

Consider access issues with print, and cost to students:

  • If you want to use a single book throughout the course, ask the librarian if it's available as an e-book. 
    • If it is, the Library will purchase an e-book copy as a back-up reserve copy for students.  
    • If it isn't, the library cannot provide a reserve copy for students.
  • Either way, students will still have to purchase their textbooks--many library e-books are only available to three or fewer students at one time.
  • Please consider our students overseas who may face delays in getting print textbooks delivered in time for the start of classes, as well as financial implications. 
  • The librarian can help you identify e-books owned by Adler's library as well as scholarly open access materials.  Or, consider using scholarly journal articles and chapters from e-books owned by the library as weekly readings.

Who Does What

 The Librarian:

  • Provides assistance identifying Adler University Library resources--article databases, e-books collections, and streaming video collections-- that can be used to supplement or replace text books
  • Advises on copyright and other access issues  
  • Provides assistance finding the most reliable and appropriate online  learning materials from outside of the Library's collections 
  • Creates online library instructional materials to accompany research assignments

The SME:

The Faculty Teaching the Course:

  • 2 weeks prior to the start of the term, checks that all links to library resources work.