The most important advice to pass along to students is to ask for help! Students are often unwilling to come to a service desk or contact us for help. But if they do that early in their research, we can get them started in the right direction! Please at least include a link to our home page (http://libraries.uky.edu/) and a suggestion that students contact us early for help. Options for getting help can be found on this page: http://libraries.uky.edu/Help.
In addition, please keep these tips in mind when integrating library resources into your courses:
Our main help page is http://libraries.uky.edu/Help. From there, students can find phone, email, and chat details so they can get help in whatever way suits them. If you want to refer students to a specific library, you can find a list with links here: http://libraries.uky.edu/CampusLibraries.
Students can contact us when they are stuck, but did you know that they can also make an appointment for a more in-depth consultation? Librarians are available to meet with students individually or in groups to discuss their specific research assignments.
Check out some of these other resources that may be useful to your students:
Librarians are available to come to your class to conduct information literacy sessions tied to your course research assignment. Visit this page for more information and to access a request form.
We also have a series of classes and workshops available for faculty, staff and students. Visit http://libraries.uky.edu/classes for a schedule and more information.
We subscribe to a huge number of databases, and undergraduates can be overwhelmed when they first start their library research. Providing links to recommended databases can help. If you do this yourself, be sure to copy the customized library link so it will work off campus. (See http://libraries.uky.edu/DBSearch to search or browse through all available databases. If you copy the links from the resulting search screen, they will work. Look for customized links in this format: http://libraries.uky.edu/lnkr.php?lir_id=671 or links that include our proxy string "ezproxy.uky.edu", e.g., http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.uky.edu/action/showBasicSearch.
An easier way to provide access to recommended resources is by linking to a subject or course guide. Check out the existing guides here: http://libguides.uky.edu/. Or Ask Us if you would like us to create a guide with resources, tutorials and help information for your specific course.