Research Guides

Online Teaching: Library Resources


Online Course Reserves
The UM Libraries can also link to online materials for you in your BlackBoard course.  Search course reserves through Blackboard (look for uReserve link in each class) and get seamless remote access to library resources for your assignments and projects. Our Course Reserves staff will locate the requested materials for you, and create a link called uReserves, in your BlackBoard courses.  uReserves will be available on the menu on the left-hand side on your Blackboard course, and available to your students to view.
Teaching Visual or Data Literacy
If your class has a visual or data component, it is necessary for your students to locate, cite, and use data and infographics effectively. The Digital Scholarship department also provides support for Geographic Information Systems teaching, learning, and research. Contact your subject librarian, medical librarian, or data services librarian for an introductory session on how to locate statistics and infographics online, such as our Statista database, or governmental statistical resources.
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Accessing information online
Research Resources:  Access the library catalog, databases, e-journals, e-books, streaming audio & video resources, digital collections, and more from the library website (including Hathi Trust).  Connect students with specific articles or cases from News and Newspaper Content, or locate relevant databases according to your subject.
 
Research Guides: Curated by UM librarians and experts-in-training, Research Guides point you to library materials and resources appropriate for particular disciplines, courses, and special topics. Work with librarians ahead of time to develop course research guides to assist students in finding digital information resources.  All of these can be embedded in BlackBoard. Additionally, your subject librarian can create course-specific guides for your section, tailored to your online research assignment.
 
Online Instructional Sesssions
Contact your subject librarian, medical librarian, or data services librarian for online support, consultations, and instructional sessions.  Your librarian can create an online session for your class to help your students develop the following skills:
  • Creating effective, meaningful research questions
  • Adopting an iterative, evolving search strategy
  • Organizing information in a thoughtful way
  • Synthesizing information into future searches
  • Detecting information gaps, and adapting search strategies to address these gaps
  • Critically evaluating information
  • Effectively using Google Scholar
  • Cited literature search tools
  • IGO/NGO resources
  • Government resources
  • Grey literature searches
  • …and much more!
Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Open Educational Resources are openly-available, often freely-licensed, teaching materials.  Using OERs in your online courses can ensure your students have free access to relevant materials.  Contact your subject librarian or medical librarian for more information.  Here are some online repositories with openly available course materials:
Open Access Books
Interested in how higher education is being transformed by the COVID19 pandemic?  Here are some open access resources: Find more open access books using the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).
Alternative Research Strategies
Request an online instruction session with your librarian for iterative, critical search strategies for resources outside of the UM Libraries, including:
  • Effectively using Google Scholar
  • Cited literature search tools
  • IGO/NGO resources
  • Government resources
  • Grey literature searches
  • …and much more!
  • Contact Your Librarian
Online Learning Commons Services
Online Textbooks
Course Reserves will look for online versions of textbooks for classes. Please contact richter.reserves@miami.edu to request information and support.
Streaming Video Resources
Streaming Audio Resources

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