University Libraries Resource Guide

Teaching
  • Blackboard: Use Blackboard to manage courses and deliver course content online. To simplify the process for faculty, each semester all courses are set up automatically and populated with student enrollment; faculty only have to "make available" the course to have it accessible for the students. Contact: John Lowe - (254) 710-7362.
  • Classroom Response Systems: Take attendance easily and monitor student learning progress with immediate, in-class feedback using eInstruction CPS "clickers" in your classroom. Contact: Nils Holgersson - (254) 710-1738
  • Classroom Technology: Hundreds of classrooms on campus are enabled with a variety of technologies, including computers, Internet access, and projection systems. Contact: Conner Krey - (254) 710-6662.
  • Copyright: Use the resources from this site to address basic questions about copyright. Contact: copyright@baylor.edu.
  • Desktop Coaching: Don't have time to attend Blackboard training seminars? Have a consultant come to your office and get you up and running within an hour. Contact: John Lowe - (254) 710-7326.
  • Gradebook Service: Keep track of your students' progress in class using Blackboard's gradebook feature or Micrograde software. Contact Lance Grigsby - (254) 710-4553.
  • Lecture Capture: Arrange to capture your classroom lecture and make it available to your students online. Contact: Dennis Campbell - (254) 710-1466.
  • Library Instruction Services: Work with librarians to provide course-related instruction sessions for students that focus on their specific research needs for your courses.
  • Library Tab in Blackboard: Use this feature within Blackboard to get fast access to library services without leaving the Blackboard environment.
  • LockDown Browser: Give secure online exams that lock students into the assessment and disable printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications. Contact John Lowe - (254) 710-7362.
  • PodCasting: Make classroom content available for download to computers and digital music players. Contact John Lowe - (254) 710-7362.
  • Reserve Services: Place any type of material on reserve for classes. Copied materials (articles, chapters in books, etc., old exams, etc.) are placed on electronic reserve and automatically made available in the Blackboard site for that course. The Libraries will file for copyright clearance for you.
  • SoftChalk Lesson Builder: Create online interactive lessons and exercise easily and upload to a website or use within Blackboard. Contact Lance Grigsby - (254) 710-4553
  • Teaching Facilities: Reserve a technology-equipped classroom in the Central Libraries.
  • TurnItIn Plagiarism Detection/Prevention Service: Use this web-based service to help prevent and detect plagiarism in research papers and reports.
  • Web Conferencing Services: The Elluminate Liveservice is now integrated with Blackboard and provides the ability to interact in real time with students outside of the classroom environment. Contact John Lowe - (254) 710-7326 .
  • Videoconferencing Services: Several classrooms and conference rooms throughout the campus are capable of ISDN and IP videoconferencing, which allows you to connect to others across town or across the globe. Contact: Nils Holgersson - (254) 710-1738.
Research
  • Academic and Research Computing Services: Use Academic Research and Computing Services to meet parallel and high performance computing, research computer programming, and Internet2 resource needs, including access to Kodiak, Baylor's new 128-node, 1024-processor-core high performance computing system. Contact Mike Hutcheson - (254) 710-4110.
  • Baylor Digital Collections: Access to a variety of unique digital collections from the Baylor University Library Special Collections.
  • BearCatPlus: Use the Libraries' new online catalog to identify books, journals, audiovisual materials, electronic resources, etc. available from any of the Baylor University Libraries and several electronic databases.
  • BEARdocs: Make valuable research available to other researchers by establishing a community and/or collection of research which might include: conference papers, preprints, post prints, technical reports, working papers, white papers, etc.
  • BearSpace: Store files (text, graphics, etc.) in and share files from this resource, which provides 1 GB of network storage. Files can be shared with people who are or are not affiliated with Baylor University.
  • BU InfoLinks: Use this service to find out if articles and books identified in research databases are available in the Baylor Libraries or to obtain them easily through OsoFast.
  • Central Search: Provides the ability to search, simultaneously, any combination of about 40 databases, delivering a single list of citations to articles or books that can be examined or further refined.
  • Collections and Resources: Contact our Collection Development Unit for assistance with building collections, identifying needed resources, completing accreditation documents, donating materials to the library, or other library collection questions. Contact: Ramona McKeown - (254) 710-6399.
  • Community of Science: Use this resource to identify research funding opportunities and to identify and locate researchers with interest and expertise similar to your own. For off-campus access, use the Community of Science link from the Libraries' Electronic Resources Database.
  • E-journals: Search this database to see if the full text of articles from specific magazine, journal, and newspaper titles is available. Most of these titles are also available through BearCat.
  • Electronic Resources Database: Access hundreds of electronic resources (databases of references to articles, full text journal articles, etc.) to which the Baylor Libraries subscribe. With a valid Bear ID, these resources are also available from off-campus
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Access to Baylor theses and dissertations produced beginning with fall 2005.
  • Internet2: Internet2 provides Baylor with leading edge network capability to the national research community, enabling innovative Internet applications and ensuring the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community.
  • Library Consultants: Every academic unit on campus has a library consultant available to work with faculty members. Your library consultant can assist with the request and purchase of books, journals, and other research materials and services.
  • Library Web Site: Use this Web site to access the resources, tools, and services provided by the University Library and Electronic Library.
  • New Electronic Resources: Use this blog to keep up with newly acquired electronic resources in your discipline.
  • New Library Materials: View new materials, sorted by discipline, received weekly in the Baylor Libraries. You can also use an RSS reader to receive feeds automatically from a specific discipline.
  • Online Survey Creation: Let us help you create and administer surveys over the web. Contact: Sandy Bennett - (254) 710-4133.
  • OsoFast Delivery: Faculty members in participating departments may receive direct delivery of library materials to their departmental offices.
  • OsoFast ILL: Use OsoFast from Interlibrary Services to request materials not owned by or available in the Baylor University Libraries.
  • Professional Web Pages: Put your research interests and vita out on the web to share with your colleagues using Baylor's new faculty Web page system or BearSpace. Contact: Lance Grigsby - (254) 710-4133.
  • RefWorks & RefShare: Use RefWorks to collect citations from databases and elsewhere; organize them; cite them in papers, automatically formatted for bibliography and footnotes for specific styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). Use RefShare to share your RefWorks databases with others both on and off campus.
  • RSS Feeds & Alert Services: Use these services to receive tables of contents from favorite research journals or to receive regularly updated search alerts on research topics of interest. Both options are available from a wide variety or resources available through the Baylor Libraries. Contact your library consultant for more information. Contact: Jeff Steely - (254) 710-2464.
  • Suggest a Purchase: Submit recommendations for materials to be purchased for the Baylor Libraries, including rush materials needed for classes.
  • Your Library Record: View lists of checked-out materials, renew materials online, create and save searches, and be notified when new materials of interest have been added.
  • Zotero: Try Zotero, a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work in the web browser.

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