Faculty Resource Repository
Book Collection – Faculty are encouraged to recommend books for purchase to assist students with research and curriculum needs.
- Library Book Request Form
- Faculty may check out books for a semester.
Magazines/Journals/Newspapers – The Library’s online resources provide a vast array of articles for both browsing online and for student and faculty research.
- Magazines, journals and newspapers subscribed to in-print are also available at each library.
- To suggest titles for purchase, contact your library liaison.
- Magazines, journals and newspapers may be checked out for brief periods with permission from a Reference Desk Librarian.
Audiovisuals – College departments may request audiovisual materials to be housed in their department or in the library.
- Audiovisual Purchase Request Form
- Faculty may check out audiovisuals for 7 days.
Course Reserves – Faculty may ask that library materials be placed in the Reserve collection for student use.
- Faculty may also place their own material on Reserve.
- The check out time allowed for these items is set by the faculty member.
- Library Reserve Request Form
Library Online Forms
- Library Workshop/Visit Request
- Library Reserve Request
- Book Request
- Audiovisual Request
- Interlibrary Loan Request
- Students have access to computers at all three campus libraries on a first come, first serve basis.
- Faculty may bring a class to the library, but notify the Reference Desk Librarian in advance.
- Computers have MS Office 2013 and some educational software.
- Students may use student designated computers by logging in with their PirateMail email address and password.
- Community computer users at the Pensacola campus will be assigned a computer by presenting their PSC library ID card at the Circulation Desk.
- Community computer use is limited to 1 hour.
- There are no color printers in any of the libraries.
- Milton and Pensacola libraries have a scanner.
- Faculty, staff and students have remote access to ebooks through the catalog, as well as to online articles from the library’s online databases through the library’s homepage. A Pensacola State picture ID is required. For login information, click here.
Library Instruction Services
- Global Learning Outcomes implemented by Pensacola State include:
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT-Students will use effective strategies to collect, verify, document, and manage information from a variety of sources.
- The Pensacola State libraries provide quality resources in the Google age through library and remote online access to electronic books and articles. To assist faculty with this GLO, we provide workshops, handouts, for-credit courses, and other information.
Credit Library Courses
- Electronic Access to Information (CGS 1050)
- This one credit hour course is designed to provide students with an introduction to information retrieval using various online resources.
- Students will learn how to retrieve, evaluate, and cite relevant results from databases and search engines on the Internet.
- The course meets the Pensacola State College general education requirement for the A.A. or A.S. computer competence and prepares students to research independently.
- Class attendance is required.
- For more information about CGS1050 contact:
- Chris Levesque, Librarian, Pensacola Campus, (850) 484-2084.
- Introduction to Internet Research (LIS 1004)
- This one credit, online class is delivered through eLearning.
- Lessons focus on methods of accessing and evaluating resources available on the Internet.
- Students learn how to perform Boolean searches, the basics of URLs, the idiosyncrasies of how to search using search engines vs search directories, as well as how to cite the web pages found according to the MLA Handbook. Meets A.A. or A.S. computer competency requirements.
- For more information about LIS 1004 contact any of the following:
Arranging a Librarian Directed Workshop or Library Class Visit
- To set up a workshop or library class visit, contact the Reference desk at your campus. Or use the Library Workshop/Visit Request form.
Designing & Planning a Library Use Assignment
- Criteria for effective library assignments(brief list from Virginia Tech University Libraries)
Developing an Assignment
- Presume minimal library and research knowledge. Students may know how to use Facebook and most claim to know how Google operates, but most do not understand college research. They may not know what you mean by such words as article, scholarly, peer-reviewed, journal, abstract, primary source, etc.
- Explain the assignment clearly, preferably in writing. If the assignment requires the use of a certain number or types of sources, state that clearly, with examples if possible.
- Test your assignment. What may seem like a workable assignment, may not work in practice. Ask someone to test it for you.
- Ask librarians for help. Librarians can help by providing feedback regarding useful sources. Librarians work with students conducting research, so are familiar with student research behavior.
- Be careful when assigning current or local topics. Current topics do not lend themselves to scholarly research because scholarly articles appear much later than magazine and newspaper articles on a topic. Local topics tend to appear in local newspapers and are generaly not available from academic, scholarly, or peer-reviewd journals.
- Be careful of topics that are too general or too specific. If students must decide what to research, give them examples of workable and acceptable topics. Most students will need to either broaden or narrow their research. Students may need help formulating a thesis statement.
- Avoid a mob scene. Dozens of students using one book, or one of any single library resource can cause problems with accessibility, loss and damage. Use course Reserves in the library if there is a need to assign material from a single source.
- Avoid scavenger hunts. These tend to have very little real research skills value. Google and other search engines do not provide a good way to learn how to research college level sources.
- Be clear in your use of “the Internet.” Students may ask if they can use “the Internet.” Most consider that to mean a Google search. If you want students to concentrate on more academic or scholarly material, require that they use library sources such as books and articles from print magazines, newspapers and journals (these are available on the Internet, but require access through the library’s homepage and login. The Project Starter Databases are a good starting point for all research projects.
- Explanation of using the library’s online article sources.
- If Google is acceptable, you may want to mention Google Scholar and how the preferences can be set to pull articles from library subscriptions. Instructions on setting Google Scholar preferences to Pensacola State.
- If you do not want them to use open search engines like Google and Yahoo, make that clear. Be sure students understand that most library resources are accessible on “the Internet,” are password protected (so cannot be accessed through regular search engines) and can be accessed from home.
- Be clear in your use of “library computer.” Be sure students understand whether you mean the library catalog or library articles online rather than a computer, or literally, the computers in the library.
- Ideas to get started. Consider something other than a traditional research paper. These could be annotated bibliographies, a book review, or something as simple as a fill-in-the-blanks assignment that requires identifying and citing several sources on a topic.
- Refer students to librarians for help. Remind students that librarians are available to assist them.
- Refer students to the library’s Research Paper Help site, or, if the library has prepared a research guide for your subject area, refer students to these. If you would like a handout for your topic, contact your liaison.
Online Research Guides & Research Paper Help
- Online guides tailored to a research assignment
- Citing Sources – Printable citing handouts specifically for Pensacola State students and links to reliable citing sites
- How do I …Research Handouts – Printable graphic instructions for using several library resources
- Research Paper Help site
Reference Assistance for Faculty, Students, Staff