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REL 130: Living Religions of the World: Help for Students in Online Courses

REL 130: Living Religions of the World

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Fintel Library has adequate resources to support the summer pilot of online classes.  Online library collections including journals, monographs, and media are numerous with availability to the end user 24x7 via the internet.   Interlibrary loan will be used to deliver journal articles and book chapters not held within Fintel’s collections.  If necessary, delivery of physical items from Fintel’s collections to the student will be possible.  Librarians will work with faculty teaching online courses to identify appropriate electronic resources to mitigate the possibility of students needing physical resources.

Personalized reference assistance and appointment-based research services will be offered using a variety of tools to facilitate the “in-person” experience (e.g. interactive chat, SKYPE, and free screen sharing tools).  Research appointments will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for both the student and the librarian.  Drop-in reference assistance will be managed through chat with attention given to the need to adjust based upon time zones served in the online environment.

Specific services and resources supporting online courses include:

  1. Remote access to electronic library resources
  1. Online reference services including:
    1. Interactive chat
    2. Research appointments (conducted face-to-face via SKYPE)
    3. Email reference
    4. LibAnswers (an online FAQ tool)
    5. Subject guides
  1. Online resources including:
    1. 200 databases
    2. 190K+ e-books
    3. 58K+ e-journals
    4. 700K+ streaming media resources
    5. Electronic reserves
    6. Document delivery of Fintel Library physical resources
    7. Interlibrary loan of journal articles and book chapters not owned by Fintel Library