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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Teaching Support

Librarians work with faculty to support students' development of research and information literacy skills. Instruction is often connected to specific assignments and is aligned with course learning outcomes. Instruction may take the form of an in-class session, a customized online resource (i.e. a module in Canvas or a course tab in a research guide), or a virtual session through Adobe Connect, Zoom, Google Meet or another platform if the class is online.

Common areas of instruction include:
Introductory
  • Introduction to the Library’s services and resources
  • Searching for books, articles, and media using the Library website (Omni)
  • Identifying types of information sources used in a discipline or subject area
  • Introduction to article database searching
  • Evaluating information sources/critical thinking
  • Distinguishing between scholarly and popular sources
  • Using citation guides and tools
Advanced 
  • Advanced use of discipline-specific specialized information sources (e.g. market research, data, patents, grey literature)
  • Advanced literature searching, including systematic reviews
  • Research metrics, scholarly impact and researcher profiles
  • Evaluating journals for article submission
  • Open access and open data requirements and best practices
  • Finding, evaluating, using and creating Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Specialized 

We are also able to offer more specialized topics, including workshops on citation management tools like EndNote and Zotero, copyright, and 3D printing.

The North Oshawa Library's Instructional Lab is available for Library instruction sessions and workshops. With a total of 58 computer workstations, the Lab can be used as a single space or divided in two.

Library e-resources such as articles, ebooks and streamed videos can be linked in Canvas using permanent links.

If you have questions about linking to or posting materials in Canvas, contact us at copyright@ontariotechu.ca. We can provide information whether you are using Library resources, Open Educational Resources (OERs), or materials from any source.  

The Learning Portal is an open learning resource with modules on study skills, research, writing, digital literacies, digital citizenship and careers. Created by College Libraries Ontario (CLO), the portal’s content is free to be used, copied and adapted.

For an overview of the Library's accessible facilities, related services, adaptive equipment and assistive use carrels, see the Accessibility page.

The Library provides a variety of resources in accessible formats.

Streamed Video Collections

The Library’s streamed video collections provide closed captions and in some cases, additional accessible features (e.g. transcripts).

DVDs

The Library will provide, on request, a transcript or closed captioned version of any DVD in our collection for students with perceptual disabilities. If you require a transcript or captioned version, please contact library@ontariotechu.ca. Learn how to find closed captioned videos in the Library catalogue.

ACE (Accessible Content E-Portal)

The Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE), a service of Scholars Portal, provides alternative formats for Library print materials. Formats include PDF, DAISY, ePub and plain text. Students must be registered with Student Accessibility Services to access ACE.

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