Welcome to the Faculty Resources Guide! CUW Librarians have put together resources for faculty based on frequent requests and teaching and research best practices. 

  • Open Access Textbooks
  • Support in Blackboard
  • Library Skills Pretest
  • Help Guide Quizzes

The following websites include freely available ebooks which can be used as textbooks in some courses. The CUW Library does not assume responsibility for content from these sites and cannot guarantee availability or functionality. Copyright compliance is the responsibility of the user.

  • Merlot
    Subjects: Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Math, Science, and Social Science
  • OER Commons
    Subjects: Arts, Business, Humanities, Applied Science, Math, Science, and Social Sciences
  • OpenStax
    Subjects: Arts, Business, Humanities, Math, Social Science, and Technology
  • University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library
    Subjects: Business, Education, Humanities, Math, Medicine, Science, and Technology

Most Services are  in the Faculty Resources Box on the Library Tab in Portal.

Additional Services not in Portal:

Embedded Librarian Request: Embedded library support for Blackboard is available for on-line and on-campus course with heavy research focus such as capstones, research methods courses, thesis, and doctoral research courses. Embedded Librarians answer student library questions and serve as a resource for both faculty and students. Email Elaine Gustafson for more information.

Library Links Blackboard Modules: Instructions and Description in Library Modules for Blackboard (DOC)

Need help? Ask a Librarian

An anonymous, 5 minute, self-grading, multiple choice quiz in Google Forms is available to help faculty assess their students’ current mastery of basic library skills. 

Students come to courses with a variety of skill levels and CUW library experience. Assessing potential deficits helps prevent struggles with course assignments.

Quiz topics:

  • CUW library account login
  • finding and using books
  • library database basics
  • choosing keywords/search terms
  • source evaluation criteria
  • determining source type from citation
To use this quiz:
  1. provide students with the six digit course (available from the course schedule), a deadline for quiz completion, and this link: https://goo.gl/forms/EeaImCRirWNJqYEu2
    Students will receive immediate feedback and correct answers after submitting the quiz. 
  2. To see how your course performed, Contact Librarian Elaine Gustafson with your course code and quiz deadline. You will receive a short summary of the course’s strengths and weaknesses, and resources to share with students to improve any specific skill deficits.

Assigning a help guide for your course and looking for an assessment?

These simple multiple choice, self-grading quizzes can be easily added to blackboard.

Students will be emailed their results upon quiz completion which they can then submit to instructors for a grade.

Available Quizzes:

Using Databases
Finding Books
Finding Articles
Choosing a Topic
Evaluating Sources
Writing with Sources
Literature Searching

More quizzes coming soon!

Faculty Orientation Videos

CUW Librarians have created a set of 5 videos to introduce faculty to current library resources and services. Click on the title below to watch the video.