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Library Research Skills Instruction
Library sessions teach research skills and, depending on the needs of your class, they may cover books/eBooks, article databases, subject specific resources, and the Web. We stress critical evaluation of all information sources. Instruction is most beneficial for students if the class occurs after they've been introduced to their research assignment.
The Library asks for a minimum of two weeks’ notice for instruction booking requests. This notice period ensures we have the time to customize an assignment guide specific to the needs of your students and also allows us to coordinate coverage of other teaching and research services. While we'll do our best to accommodate your request, please know that we may have to suggest alternative dates/times.
Depending on the needs of your class, we will tailor a library assignment guide for your students to use asynchronously. These guides will have the appropriate online learning materials (videos, quizzes, databases, etc.) gathered in one place. We have created videos and tutorials to demonstrate various skills, including navigating the Library's website, searching for books and articles in the catalogue and various databases, building search strings for library research, and evaluating and citing resources.
Library assignments are based on the research and citation skills your students need to complete your class assignment(s) and are tailored to class research topics.
- For in person learning, library assignments will be completed on paper and handed in to the library directly.
- For online learning, library assignments will be completed digitally and students will be directed to email their assignments directly to the library for marking.
The class assignment or topic must be provided to the library at least two weeks prior to the date of the class if you wish to have a library assignment prepared.
NOTE: marks will be sent out via email approximately two weeks following the class. Please contact Nicole Sevigny if you have any questions about this timeline.
Library sessions are taught in person in one of our library classrooms for on campus courses or online via your class platform (Zoom).
If the session is for an online class, the instructor is responsible for sending a link to the librarian in time for the session; the librarian should be added as a Presenter or a Moderator. If you requested a marked library assignment you also will receive:
- a link to your class assignment guide/subject guide
- a PDF copy of your class’ library assignment
- a Word copy of your class’ library assignment answer sheet that students will submit directly to the library.
- an email asking for permission to embed a librarian within your Blackboard course to answer any assignment questions (if indicated yes on the form).
Alicia Arding, Information Literacy & Educational Technology Librarian. Discuss the content of your library research skills session and/or to arrange for the creation of specialized assignments or presentations.
Nicole Sevigny, Instructional Services Technician. Contact Nicole if you have questions about how to book or how to change bookings for library research skills sessions. To book a session, please fill out the form.
Would you like to start a conversation about what academic integrity is and why it matters with your students?
Faculty may place books, CDs, photocopies of articles and book chapters, electronic reserve articles and videos/DVDs on short term loan in the library.
- Up to five copies of a work are accepted.
- Photocopies or loose-leaf materials should be submitted in Duo-tangs or manila folders. Thicker materials should be submitted in a binder.
- The folder or binder should include a page with complete references for the readings.
- Multiple copies of a work should be submitted in separate folders or binders.
Requests are generally processed within five working days, unless the material is not available or copyright clearance needs to be verified. Instructors are encouraged to submit their requests in advance.
You will be provided with a direct link to your course reserves page which you can use in BlackBoard. Your course reserves are also searchable via the Course Reserves search tool. Note: items scanned and added to your course reserves page under fair dealing will require students to login with a password provided to you by the Library.
Upload your Reading List
When submitting your Course Reserves you may chose to upload your reading list and we will:
- search our collections for available items on your syllabus e.g. journal articles, media, print.
- scan physical items [e.g. book chapter] from our print collection - in alignment with fair dealing guidelines. Note: the eReserves service cannot digitize physical audio-visual formats, such as DVDs, CDs, VHS etc.
- when possible, purchase electronic items not in our collection or suggest alternative materials, including open educational resources.
New Westminster Campus
Suggest a Purchase
The focus of the collection is to support the Douglas College curriculum, primarily credit courses. Course related resources for student use are the priority, but the Library also collects materials covering a broad range of educational topics including resources for non-credit courses where the materials are likely to be of ongoing interest. The Library also strives to provide a general knowledge collection. Let us know if there's anything you'd like to suggest we add to our collection.
Your liaison librarian
The liaison program has been established as a means of communication between librarians and the College community. Questions about the liaison program or any library-related issue can be directed to your Liaison Librarian.
- To enhance communication between the Library and instructional faculty.
- To provide information about library resources and services.
- To provide workshops on research tools or on topics of special interest to faculty.
- To increase library awareness of faculty and student needs.
- To improve library services.
Faculty Resource Guide
We invite you to explore the wide range of resources and services offered by the Douglas College Library and are happy to meet with faculty members individually or in small groups with a common research focus.
Please feel free to speak to the librarian at the Research Desk, contact your faculty's liaison librarian, or use any of our online services to Ask a Librarian.
Teaching & Learning Online
Additionally, see our guide for teaching and learning online. It brings together a wide range of resources for Douglas College faculty as they move to online instruction.
In Canada, copyright is automatic. As soon as a work is fixed in print or digital form, it is protected by copyright. Copyright protects all original literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, sound recordings, performances, and communications, but there are also areas which are not covered. Learn about your rights with the Copyright act, what kind of educational exceptions there are, and how all this applies to your work here at Douglas College.
- General copyright questions
- Michael Byun, Interim Manager, Facilities Services, responsible for the Bookstores, Print Shop, and Print Materials.
- Tim Paul, Manager, Academic Technology Services, responsible for media recordings and online content used for instructional purposes.
- Katharine Shipley, Associate Director of Learning Resources, responsible for copyright in relation to use of Library print and digital collections.
- Debra Flewelling, Open Education Librarian.
Departmental Non-Library Material Requests
What can be ordered?
Departmental non-library materials must be non-consumable items for the use of more than one student and intended to be housed in a classroom or an office. These items may be books, print subscriptions (journals, periodicals, magazines or newspapers) or other media. Firm orders only please. Requests for preview textbooks or ‘on approval’ materials must be handled by individual departments. Once received, materials are not returnable. Please ensure all order information provided is accurate.
How to order
If you need assistance, a price quote, or an estimated delivery prior to filling out the form, please contact Laurette Walsh. Download the requisition-form.pdf, have it signed, and send the form via intercampus mail to Laurette. Alternately, you can scan and email it.
Departmental cost code with authorizing signature, name of requestor, campus, department and room number for delivery of item(s), and date by which the material is required. Please allow 6-8 weeks to acquire materials. Some materials may arrive quicker, but this cannot be guaranteed. Include as much of the following information as possible:
- Publisher or distributor’s website
- Date of publication
- ISBN (International Standard Book Number) - either a 10 digit or 13 digit number. eg 046504168x or 978-159486567
To find book information, consult Amazon or Chapters/Indigo.
For subscriptions please provide the date subscription should start, allow 2-3 months.Renewals will need to be processed the same way on an annual basis.
When shipments are received, they will be checked over and forwarded via inter campus mail to the attention of requestor at the department and room number provided on the form.
Book, media and subscription requests
Laurette Walsh, Library Technician
Technical Services - N2100
Phone: 604-527- 526
Student Term Paper Submissions
Students should hand in term papers to the appropriate departmental field base first. The library will accept these papers only if the departmental field base staff are unavailable. The student must turn in their paper to the Check Out Desk, where it is recorded and then delivered by intercampus mail to the instructor.
DOOR (DOuglas Open Repository) is a scholarly publishing platform which showcases and preserves the scholarly, research and creative works of the Douglas College community. Our open access repository contains a number of growing collections indexed by the major search engines and is also searchable directly here. DOOR is a member of Arca which is British Columbia's province-wide network of institutional repositories.
Licence and Submission Agreement
The library needs your permission to host your research and describe your scholarly work in DOOR. This applies to all materials from faculty, students and staff. In future, if we migrate to a new software you will also be granting us permission to move your works to this new repository.
DOOR Licence And Submission Agreement
To learn more about submissions to DOOR see https://dc.arcabc.ca/Submissions
Applied Thesis Templates
Applied Criminology (Honours) Abstract Thesis Template
Applied Criminology (Honours) Full Thesis Template
Applied Psychology (Honours) Abstract Thesis Template
Applied Psychology (Honours) Full Thesis Template
Faculty, with your sponsorship your honours degree students can download these Psychology or Criminology department approved fillable thesis templates. Students will use these as front covers for either the full text thesis submissions or abstract thesis submissions to the DOOR student thesis collection. Please ensure the thesis is an unmarked copy with the student number removed.
Students publishing in peer reviewed journals can upload their abstract and once the research article is published the abstract can be replaced with the full version of their thesis by contacting DOOR. Additionally, encourage your students to send their journal publication to be added to DOOR.
Once the template has been attached students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a password which will allow them to access the Honours Thesis upload.