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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 guide (see Course Guides for examples) or video, or an online session through Adobe Connect or another platform.

Common areas of instruction include:

Undergraduate Graduate
  • Introduction to Library resources and services
  • Identifying types of information sources used in a discipline or subject area
  • Critically evaluating information sources
  • Citation, academic integrity, and copyright (ethical use of information)

  • Advanced use of discipline-specific information sources (e.g. market research, data, patents)
  • 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

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 Blackboard using permanent links.

If you have questions about linking to or posting materials in Blackboard, contact us at 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).


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 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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