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Are you frustrated with the quality of your students' research? Do you want your students to practice information seeking and evaluation skills that will last them a lifetime?

We provide targeted instruction designed to get students finding and using quality information. We are always willing to help integrate information literacy into your coursework and would love to have a conversation with you about having a library presence in your classroom or within your online course.

CWI Library provides research instruction in support of the College of Western Idaho's Mission and Vision for excellence in learning. Our instruction sessions are offered to all students and faculty at CWI with the goal that our patrons can learn to locate, analyze, and think critically about information.

Tailored Instruction for Your Course

Our librarians will work with you to design library instruction and assignments to fit your needs, from general introductions of the library to longer, multi-session collaborations tailored to assignments or courses.

While we're not meeting in physical classrooms with classes, we're providing a wider range of spatially-distant instruction format. We can work with you and your students in synchronous or asychronous sessions, and we can "embed" a librarian in your course on Blackboard to facilitate ongoing research practice and guidance.

Because we work directly with you to create content, we encourage you to book a session with us as much in advance as possible (2 weeks is preferred). We will do our best to fulfill last-minute requests for instruction.

Past sessions have included topics like:

  • Introduction to the Library: Who, Where, Why?
  • Advanced Database Searching
  • Boolean Operators
  • Subject-Specific Databases
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Refining Your Research Topic
  • How to Read Academic Articles

Additional Library Instruction Options

CWI librarians can support your students in a variety of ways beyond traditional synchronous workshops.

Embed a librarian in your Blackboard course site

Recommended when: Your students will be completing research projects and you intend to evaluate their final assignments based partially on the quality of the sources they select.

How it works: Contact your school’s liaison librarian to evaluate your course’s candidacy for embedding. If you and your librarian agree to move forward, add them to your Blackboard course site in any instructor-type role. Then create an assignment that meets one of the following parameters:

  1. Create a discussion board after students have begun their research but before they are preparing their final project. Require students to post a citation and annotation for a source they intend to use, and your librarian will respond to the posts with feedback on their choices.

  2. Require students to submit a draft or first step of a research assignment, such as an annotated bibliography, to the librarian for feedback. Then require that the final/next assignment that they submit to you should incorporate that feedback.

Embedding a librarian is only effective when students are required to engage with us. As a result, we are only able to accommodate embedding requests when one of the above interactions is required as part of your students’ grade (extra credit does not work for this).

Require students to meet with a librarian (on the phone, text chat, or video)

Recommended when: Your students will be conducting in-depth or advanced research projects and you want them to benefit from additional expert guidance outside of class time.

How it works: Require students to make an appointment with a librarian to advance their research project. Students may choose to meet by phone, online chat, or video, by selecting a time and location on our appointments system at Get Help—Library. We recommend that appointments be required or offered as extra credit a few weeks into the project and in conjunction with a project deadline.

Our preferred way for students to get "proof" of required appointments is for students to write a brief summary of their meeting with the librarian, touching on the concepts, practices, and resources covered in the appointment. The student then emails that summary to both the librarian and the instructor of record. When a student articulates what was covered in their own words, they're more likely to retain what they've learned. It also helps librarians and instructors gauge what is working about instruction and what can be adjusted in the future.

  • Services and Resources


    We can also help you create content, including direct links to articles, databases, and other resources; online activities and assignments to introduce students to the library; and online assistance for students through the library website or Blackboard. 

    Liaison Librarians

    Your liaison librarian is your go-to librarian for information on resources and instruction in your subject area. Have questions, need to know what we have, not sure if we offer a service or can't find something? Not sure who to contact? Check out our Get Help page. 

    Library Account

    Use your CWI login to access your library account, for seeing what you have checked out, placing holds, and renewing books. Also use your CWI login to access ebooks, and our databases and other online resources from off campus.

    Borrowing and Requesting Materials

    CWI faculty and staff receive an extended 4 month checkout period for general collection books. Can't get to the library? We can mail out materials to you and your students. Faculty and staff can also request to receive materials at their campus mail stop.

    If the Library doesn’t have a book, article, or other needed item, we will either purchase it or obtain a copy through our interlibrary loan network at no cost to you. Use our Request It! form

    Have a question about requesting, receiving, or renewing material? Contact us through Get Help!

    Textbook Reserves

    Make your textbook or other course materials available for students through the library by placing them on textbook reserve—use our Request It form. At the moment, reserve material are available through our "books by mail" service and are tracked in our circulation system.

    Faculty Laptops and Headsets

    The Library offers laptops on a 4 week checkout period for faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. These laptops include a webcam, Camtasia, and a separate microphone headset.

  • Teaching and Research

    OER (Open Educational Resources)

    Tacoma Community College's OER page for Faculty
    Campus Technology's Guide to Open Educational Resources - definitions, sources, and selection criteria.
    UMass Amherst Libraries' OER Guide - sources for OER textbooks, audiovisual materials, and many other teaching resources.


    Copyright affects faculty members in two ways: fair use of materials for teaching, and your rights as a creator of content, whether syllabi, online courses, teaching tools, or scholarly research.

    Stanford Libraries' Copyright & Fair Use Guide - comprehensive guide to copyright, fair use, permissions, and much more.
    Campus Guide to Copyright - quick guide to copyright in academia, published by the Copyright Clearance Center.
    Intellectual Property Issues for Faculty - article on issues specifically related to faculty members' work and publications.

    News and Research in Higher Education and Community Colleges

    Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription daily online news site for higher education; weekly print edition)
    Community College Review (referred; theoretical and applied research on all aspects of community colleges)
    Community College Journal (News and information from the American Association of Community Colleges)
    To receive an alert when a new issue is available, set up a journal alert in Ebsco
    To do your own topic search and receive regular updates on it from one or more of our Ebsco databases, set up a search alert in Ebsco

  • Course Built-Ins

    Improve students' research or make it easy to find course materials! Link directly to ebooks, articles, art collections, films, research guides and all of the great things the library offers. Use our brief instructions below or visit our Creating Content in Blackboard guide for screen shots and detailed instructions. And as always, you can contact your liaison librarian for assistance.

    For all our online resources, off campus access requires a login with a myCWI login.

    For off campus access, all links to our library's subscription content (databases, individual articles, anything!) will need our proxy URL in front of them:

    Article Link

    Provide quick access to readings by linking directly to them in Blackboard. For all databases, find the article you want first.

    • Ebsco Databases: Click the article title to view the full text, then click the Permalink button on the right side of the page. Copy the permalink to use in your course page. Students will need to click on "PDF Full Text" to view many articles. **Note that Ebsco permalinks already include the Proxy URL**
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library (individual articles within reference books): Do a search on the home screen or in a title and click on the article title. Click the Bookmark link in the top right part of the screen, copy the Bookmark link, and add our proxy URL to the front of it.
    • JSTOR: In your search results, click on the article title. In the publication information underneath the article title, you'll see a Stable URL. Copy that URL and add our proxy URL to the front of it. 
    • ScienceDirect: Click the article title, and copy the doi (digital object identifier) link. Add our proxy URL to the front of it. 

    Ebook Links

    • Proquest Ebook Library: Right-click on the Contents button and click Copy Link Location. The link will be copied with the proxy URL already added.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Click the book cover, then click the Bookmark link in the top right of the screen. Copy the Bookmark link and add our proxy URL to the front of it. 
    • eHRAF World Cultures: Click on the Permalink button at the bottom of the page, copy the link, and add our proxy URL to the front of it. Students will need to click on the Body link to the left of the book/document information, then on the chapter or section needed. 

    Film Link

    • Films on Demand: Find the film you want, click the Embed button directly under the film box, and use the LMS Link. Add our proxy URL to the front of the link before posting. Want only a segment? Click on the segment on the slider to the right of the screen box and then follow the steps. 

    Art Image Link

    • ArtStor: Link to one image by right-clicking on the image thumbnail and selecting Generate Image URL. Copy the URL and be sure to add our proxy URL to the front of it before adding it to Blackboard.

Need More Info?

Librarian, Instruction Coordinator & Faculty Outreach
  • Library liaison to: Math & Science