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Tennessee Board of Regents Library Has A Wealth of Resources and Expertise – Free for Your Students

Tennessee Board of Regents library can provide you and your students with access to quality content for instructional uses. All Tennessee Board of Regents libraries begin with a baseline of over [xx,xxx] full-text electronic library materials and [xx] databases. Each campus augments their systemwide electronic collection with their own selections of materials. Full-text access to the electronic journals and eBooks can be especially useful in upper division classes where a textbooks are not available to cover the more specialized curriculum.

Substituting Library Resources for Textbooks: What Can You Do?

  1. Begin with your syllabus and consider your learning objectives for each component of the course. Are there library resources such as eJournals or eBooks that could be combined as a substitute for textbooks? For advanced classes, consider having your students find the course materials as part of developing their research and information literacy skills within your discipline.
  2. You can search your library's website (links in the sidebar on the right) to locate the online, full text resources to which your library subscribes.
  3. Make an appointment with one your library’s reference and instructional librarians. Many CSU libraries have liaisons for each college, school, or even department on campus. Your librarian can guide you to finding the best materials using the power databases and discovery tools available in the library, and often can offer best practices on how to include those materials in your online course.

Export Library Resources into Your LMS Course Quickly and Easily

Your library has powerful tools to find e-journal articles, e-books, audio, image, and video files that can become the course materials for your students – at no cost to them. The California State University has developed a quick and easy way for you to conduct your library search and then export the references and links directly into your LMS for your course. Your library and your LMS administrator will need to implement the technology (which is quick and easy as well). Below is a PPT that describes and illustrates how this user-friendly services works. Contact David Walker (Director of CSU Systemwide Digital Library Services) to get your campus started.

Looking for Resources to Help Students Improve their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy Skills?

The CSU has organized a wealth of open educational resources and CSU licensed materials that you and your students can use to improve their skills in effectively and efficiently using information and communication technologies. If students are going to be successful using digital content and searching for quality educational resources, they need to practice the requisite skills. For more information see the ICT LIteracy Teaching Commons.

Larry Press, faculty member at CSU Dominguez Hills has a short and simple set of recommendations for Internet reading and writing. You can find more information in MERLOT and make a comment about this resource

Using Library Materials As Alternative To Textbooks

Learn how a CSU East Bay faculty member and librarian replaced textbooks with library resources that are free to students and created a more engaging learning experience.

Open Access Journals

There are many high quality, peer reviewed academic journals published on the web that are free.

Links to Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries

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