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Creating Syllabus Links (Unit 4)

Adding library resources to a syllabus is a wonderful way to encourage students to use the library and ensure that every student can obtain a copy of the readings assigned.

    Library resources can be added to a syllabus by either:
  1. Inserting a “direct link” into your syllabus
  2. Inserting a “student finds” link into your syllabus. The “student finds” link lets students know the resource is in the library and that librarian assistance is available. Librarians encourage this type of link because it is less burdensome for faculty and encourages students to improve their library research and navigation skills.

Option 1: Student Finds

Option 2: Direct Link

Requires the student to find the library resource, which is slower than clicking a link

Is initially more difficult for inexperienced library users

Avoids frustration caused by incorrectly formatted direct links

Involves no additional work for faculty when they are creating a syllabus (beyond confirming the resource is in the library)

May cause problems on evenings/weekends when library staff may not be available to assist students

Teaches students to be self-sufficient library users and researchers

Quickest way for a student to access a library resource

Ease of access is not determined by library experience

Creates frustration when direct links are incorrectly formatted. If using direct links, review formatting instructions and list of potential problems

Creates additional work for faculty when creating a syllabus

Although MS Word’s link message (control+click) occasionally causes confusion, most students can use a direct link to access a library resource without difficulty

Does not teach students to be self-sufficient library users and researchers

Note: Please check your links at the beginning of each term. If you are using an e-book in a course, please let the library know so we can purchase a copy and ensure uninterrupted access.

    Instructions for Creating Syllabus Links (Student Finds)
  1. Confirm the resource is in the UI&U Library
  2. Copy and paste the following text into your syllabus: UI&U Library Resource (find or get help).

Instructions for Creating Syllabus Links (Direct Link)

Instructions explaining how to create direct links and a list of potential problems you should be mindful of are available on the Syllabus Links page.

Unit 4 Assignment (required, worth 20 points): The assignment for unit 4 is to practice creating syllabus links. You can either 1) create links to the resources below or 2) update your own syllabi with links. The links can either be “student finds links” or “direct links.” Please email the instructor with your completed work.

(e-book) Cuban, L. (2004). The blackboard and the bottom line: Why schools can't be businesses. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

(article) Papachristos, A. V. (2009). Murder by structure: Dominance relations and the social structure of gang homicide. American Journal of Sociology, 115(1), 74-128.

(article) Ostrom, A. L., Smith-Daniels, V., Demirkan, H., Rabinovich, E., Bitner, M. J., Brown, S. W.,…Goul, M. (2010). Moving forward and making a difference: Research priorities for the science of service. Journal of Service Research, 13(1), 4-36.

(dissertation) Roberts, C. Exploring Fractures within Human Rights: An Empirical Study of Resistance (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (AAT 3441307).