Due to quarantine requirements, course reserves are not available. Please see our blog post for more information about course reserves during Covid-19.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Although the Library cannot search for or select OERs for your class, we can help get you going in the right direction with our OER Guide.
If you are teaching a class on Main campus that requires academic research, your students may benefit from a classroom visit by a librarian! Our instruction “fly by” typically lasts 15-20 minutes & will demonstrate how to use the most relevant database for their research, how to grab citations, & how to get help from a librarian later. Email Kathleen Pickens at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
We also offer weekly Library Workshops in Zoom that are open to all students & faculty. Workshops are focused on a specific resource, but also have an “open lab” component where attendees can get help finding their sources. See the Library Workshops calendar for the complete schedule & connection instructions.
Library (Course) Guides
The Library has created over 200 subject & course guides to help direct you & your students to the most popular research resources for each subject area. These “mini libraries” may be embedded directly within your Blackboard course, providing students with access right at their point of need. Guides include:
- Tips on how to use Boolean Operators (and, or, not) to create a search strategy.
- Direct access to the Library’s catalog, e-Book collections, & top databases to find articles for their subject areas.
- Embedded video & static tutorials that demonstrate how to use the Library resources, evaluate information, & avoid plagiarism.
- Resources for creating citations & formatting their research papers.
- Direct ways to get help from a librarian, including via chat & research appointments.
Visit our Library Guides Homepage to find the guide for your class.
Our Faculty Guide includes teaching & learning resources, tips for improving student research skills, & instructions for embedding library resources into your Blackboard courses.
7-digit College Id
Your 7-digit College Id is how you connect to library resources from off-campus, plus how you can log into your Johnnie Mae Berry Library account. If you don’t know your Id number, you can look it up in MyCState by clicking the red “Need help? Lookup your username or password” link, before logging into Blackboard. Watch our short Look Up Your College Id video for instructions.
Students can also find their 7-digit College Id on their registration statements, in MyCState’s My Services, while College employees will find it on their pay advice(s) as their Employee Id.
Check your Library Account
Are you wondering when your checkouts are due? Do you need to renew something? Are you wondering if a hold is available for pickup yet? Log into Check Your Library Account to check due dates, renew books, and more.
Go to Check Your Library Account to renew eligible books.
You’ll want to pay attention to your screen to see if all of the items were renewed. Items that have maximized the number of renewals, have holds on them by another user, or are not eligible for renewal (e.g. movies) will not be processed.
Your Surge card is required when borrowing items, even for use within the library, and to checkout our study room keys. You’ll also need your Surge card to print. Student Surge cards come pre-loaded with $18 in funds each semester that can be used for printing at the library and/or the computer lab in ATLC.
All campus employees are also required to use their Surge card when borrowing items.