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Faculty/Staff: Tips from the Library: Home

Provides tips about library resources and services for all staff. Also includes library resources for teaching and research such as copyright, selecting a publisher, and textbook alternatives.


Use the tabs at the top of the page or the links below to select specific tips about:

Author rights

  • why author rights matter
  • what to negotiate with publishers

Basic services

  • course reserves
  • equipment
  • getting publications and other materials
  • how to access research databases

Copyright Basics

  • copyright tutorials and help  
  • copyright resources


  • how to find them;
  • how to include them in optional or required course readings;
  • differences among the various e-book platforms

Free alternatives to textbooks

  • What to watch out for when selecting course readings
  • Where to find course readings

LyndaCampus database instructions

  • how to set up an account and login to use the tutorials
  • monitoring progress on tutorials
  • getting certificates of completion upon completing a tutorial

Promotion/Tenure and annual evaluation toolbox

  • significance of publication venue - journal evaluation tools
  • significance of your work - citation analysis tools

Selecting a publisher

  • find tools for evaluating journals in order to select one in which to publish


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