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Sample assignments that incorporate information literacy standards based on the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
Place Materials on Reserve
Course Reserve Materials
Placing items on reserve provides controlled access to materials for your students.
The following materials may be placed on reserve:
- Eckerd College owned books
- Eckerd College owned videos
- Personal books
- Personal videos
- Personal Sample Tests or Homework Solutions
- A copy of an article from a journal*
- A copy of a chapter from a book*
- A short story, essay or poem*
*These items may be subject to copyright laws. For information see the Eckerd College Faculty Manual.
The following items may not be placed on reserves:
- Books borrowed from another library
- Items rented commercially (e.g. Blockbuster videos)
- Reference materials
How to Place Items on Reserve
Items placed on reserve will be listed by Professor name and Course Name in the Reserve Book at the Circulation Desk. If you have reserve materials for different courses they must have separate reserve lists created for them.
It is important to plan ahead. Items will be processed for reserve Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This means that items submitted on Friday afternoon will not be processed until the following Monday and may not be available until Tuesday or Wednesday. Due to the volume of material placed on reserves, particularly at the beginning and end of the semester, the Library cannot offer same day or rush requests for placing items on reserve. Please submit your list a minimum of 48 hours prior to when your students will need the items. For personal items, longer lead-time would be appreciated.
There are a number of factors that can make the processing of your reserves faster.
- Eckerd Library owned books may easily be placed on reserve since they already have a bibliographic record and barcode.
- Personal copies of items must have a bibliographic record created and barcode assigned. You may request an anti-theft device be put into your books by contacting the Circulation Supervisor at 727-864-8337. Submit a printable request.
- For photocopied material, each article and each copy of an article must have a separate bibliographic record and barcode making this the most time-intensive of the reserve materials. Submit a printable request to reserve a photocopy. Here are some ways to speed the process:
- Binder Method – In the past, some professors have simplified reserves by putting many articles in one folder or 3-ring binder and then multiple copies in different folders/binders. This requires only one barcode/bibliographic record per binder instead of per article. This is also helpful if you will be adding to your binder throughout the semester. If you choose to do this you must still submit source information for each article.
- Proper Title/Author – Articles will not be put on reserve without proper source information and an appropriate title that corresponds to the information in your course syllabus. Items titled “reserve packet,” “week 4 readings,” or “Bronte readings,” will not be placed on reserve.
- Number of Copies – Only one copy per 10-15 students is necessary. If your readings are optional, one copy per 20 should be sufficient.
- Labeling – If you supply the folder for an article it is not necessary to label it in any special way, however, you may want to write your name and the name of the course on the first page of the article.
- Security – In order to keep articles in the library and in proper order, the Library will staple the article to the folder (if size permits) and will place a magnetic antitheft strip in the folder.
Schedule Library Instruction
Library instruction is a useful tool for any class required to conduct research or gather information for presentations, assignments, or exams.
In addition to guiding students to the best print and electronic sources for their research, library instruction can also reduce anxiety for less skilled researchers, assist in broadening or narrowing a topic, distinguish between scholarly and popular material, and give students a base to conduct future research.
Each instruction session is tailored to address the exact topics and areas of research in your class. So that we may customize each session to meet your needs, please use the following guidelines to schedule a session:
- Schedule an instruction session as far in advance as possible. In order to create custom user guides for each class, at least a two week notice is required.
- Due to limited space in the lab, class size is limited. If you have classes larger than 40, we may need to split the group into two sessions. If you have Internet access in your classroom, it will be possible for us to come to you. Allow additional time to set up the proper equipment.
- If you have any questions about scheduling library instruction or designing an appropriate library assignment, please contact the librarian who does instruction for your collegiums.
Connect From Home
Off campus database access information and passwords for Chronicle of Higher Education and FirstSearch.
Need a Password?
Some of our subscription services (Chronicle of Higher Education and FirstSearch databases) require passwords for both on and off campus access. Login with your email username and password here for the complete list.
Off Campus access to Online Databases
The EZ Proxy connection gives off campus users access to the Library’s network restricted databases. Only Eckerd community members with active Eckerd email accounts can access the network restricted databases. If you do not have an active Eckerd email account or have forgotten your login information, please contact Information Technology Services at 727-864-8318. Currently only enrolled students, faculty, staff, and ASPEC members are eligible for email accounts.
How EZ-Proxy works:
When you try to access a network restricted databases from off campus, a login web page will appear prompting you to enter your email user name (the letters before the @ sign of your email address) and password. Once verified, you may begin searching.
While you are connected to EZ Proxy, the URL will appear, with LexisNexis as an example, as: http://80-web.lexis-nexis.com.cgi.eckerd.edu:5000/universe. Whenever you are in proxy mode, the database URL will be followed by “cgi.eckerd.edu:5000”. If you follow a link beyond the database, you can either return to the database with your Back button or return to the library web page and log in again. Closing your browser or prolonged inactivity will terminate the EZ Proxy session.
EZ-Proxy SSL Errors
Certain Library Databases use secure or “SSL” connections. When you access these pages through the EZ-Proxy system, your web browser may display an error like the images included below. This is normal, and can be resolved by telling the web browser to access the page anyway.
PLEASE NOTE: These messages are an important part of your security online and we would never recommend that you ignore them. Any time you see them appear on a site you visit regularly, you should check with the website’s administrators to determine if there is a danger.
You’ll get a warning from Firefox that says This Connection is Untrusted.
Click the link labeled I Understand the Risks and click Add Exceptions.
In the Add Security Exception windows, click Get Certificate, then Confirm Security Exception.
You’ll get a warning from Internet Explorer that reads There is a problem with this website’s security certificate.
Click Continue to this website.
You’ll get a warning from Google Chrome that reads The site’s security certificate is not trusted!
Click Proceed Anyway.