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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

For Faculty

 

Library Checklist

Are you new to Ontario Tech, or curious about the resources and services available through the Library? This checklist highlights areas of interest to faculty.

FIRST WEEK

Set Up and Test Accounts

  • To access online library resources, use your Network ID login (Staff ID number + password you use for Blackboard and email). Try connecting to one of these databases.
  • To borrow physical library items, bring in your Staff ID and activate your account. We’ll give you a Library PIN so you can check your account and renew books.
  • Register for an Interlibrary Loan account.

FIRST SEMESTER

Contact your Subject Librarian

Your subject specialist Librarian is the liaison to your Faculty, with knowledge of program curriculum, faculty research areas, and discipline-specific research collections – your guide to the Library resources and services most relevant to you.

Course Resources

Talk to your Subject Librarian about the resources you need to support your courses, from books and databases to streaming videos, data collections and standards.
They can help you:

  • Find out if the resources you need are available through the Library.
  • Submit a purchase request.
  • In Blackboard:
    • Link to online library resources (e.g. articles, eBooks, videos).
    • Link to Library-created content like citation style guides.  
    • Respect copyright when sharing free or licensed works with students.
  • Make print readings accessible to more students by placing them on course reserve (3 hour, 1 day or 3 day loan).
  • By directing you to Research Guides created for your program. 
Research Guides recommend the most relevant resources for a subject area, program or course, making it easier for student to find high quality sources of information required for coursework. You can request a customized Research Guide to support a specific course or assignment

 Library Instruction for Your Students: Research & Information Literacy Skills

  • Identify any course assignments/projects on your syllabus that have research components.
  • Talk to your Subject Librarian about the type of research skills instruction that would most benefit your students. They can suggest different topics and learning outcomes, formats (e.g. in-class, online module, or hybrid style), activities and assessments. 
  • Invite your Subject Librarian to deliver a research/information literacy skills instruction session in your classroom, in the Library classroom, or online.
  • Encourage students to visit their Subject Librarian if they need help with the research component of an assignment, either by dropping by the Library Reference Desk or making an appointment.

FIRST YEAR

Research Support

Ask your Subject Librarian about any of the tasks and services below.

  • Submit Interlibrary Loan requests or purchase requests for items not currently available through the Library.
  • Are you working on a literature or systematic review? Your Subject Librarian can suggest databases and search strategies, and help you get started with a citation management tool.
  • Ask us about tools to support your scholarly publishing and help you measure research impact. We can help you:
    • Ensure your research profiles are up to date, connected and capturing citations to your work (e.g. Scopus, Google Scholar, ORCID).
    • Assess journals based on impact factor and other metrics/criteria. 
    • Explore e-Scholar, Ontario Tech’s institutional repository of theses/dissertations and faculty research. You can use this platform to post an open access copy of a research paper with a permanent link, metadata, and discoverability through Google Scholar.
  • Review Library guides on predatory publishing and research data management.
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