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Online and Distance Education Services: Faculty

Information about obtaining materials for online, distance and FLEX option students and faculty.

Library Contacts for Faculty

Borrowing Materials

Beth Kucera, Interlibrary Loan Librarian
(414) 229-4493

Online Programs and Instructional Design Coordinator

Kristin Woodward
(414) 229-6828

Online Programs and Instructional Design Coordinator

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Kristin Woodward
P.O. Box 604, 2311 East Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53201-0604
(414) 229-6828

Distance Education Services

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Beth Kucera
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
2311 East Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

How can I make the UWM Libraries an active part of my online course?

Connect students to the UWM Libraries through D2L or Canvas. Research shows that students are more likely to use the library if library resources are embedded in their D2L or Canvas course content.

The following are examples of courses with embedded library modules. Library support and learning are delivered through LibGuides embedded in D2L or Canvas for student use:

Modules from the Information Literacy Tutorial embedded as course content in D2L.

Students are most successful when they engage with tutorials directly related to their assignments and apply research methods that are appropriate to the course goals. Successful students reflect on their research process in order to refine their strategies.

Learning Outcome, Learning Object, Application, Reflection

1. Learning Outcome:  Identify Information Literacy learning outcomes required to successfully complete a competency. Are the outcomes general or unique to the competency?

2. Learning Object: General outcomes are supported by the Information Literacy Tutorial. Specialized learning outcomes are supported by specific learning objects.

3. Application: Ask students to apply concepts from the learning object. This may be a specific assignment or an assignment embedded in an assessment. Ask students to complete a relevant information literacy task early in their preparation for the competency. 

4. Critical Reflection: Ask students to articulate what they have learned and how they will apply it.

Philosophy of Service

Every effort will be made to accommodate the needs of Distance Education/Continuing and Extended Education students and faculty equitable to traditional, on-campus users. Traditional, on-campus library services will be insufficient to meet these needs in many instances. Innovative, personalized and varied formats of information access and delivery will be emphasized.

Principles of Service

1.0 The home campus, where the student pays tuition and fees, will be responsible for providing and arranging for library resources and access services. This includes, but is not limited to:

1.1 Authentication processes for validation and identification.

1.2 Coordination with UW System and other libraries for filling ILL/Document Delivery requests, electronic access and on-site services.

1.3 Electronic reference and direct reference service; including e-mail access and related electronic connectivity for students.

1.4 World Wide Web Distance Education Home Page with direct linkage to library services and self-help modules; developing appropriate e-forms.

1.5 Facilitating instruction to enhance students’ information seeking skills.

1.6 Providing a "800" number for the library.

2.0 A Distance and Extended Education Librarian Liaison on each campus will be identified to promote and coordinate programs, agreements and policies/procedures for students, faculty and UW System libraries.

3.0 Interlibrary loan services will be provided to UW students currently enrolled in Distance Education courses. Students will need to provide identification and verification of enrollment.

4.0 Every effort should be made to make reserve materials available to Distance Learners. Alternate means such as providing copies of relevant materials in course packets, disseminating electronic versions of materials, or copying audio or video information to tapes provided by the student should be explored. UW System-wide policy with respect to copyright will need to be followed.

5.0 The originating institution will provide Distance Education library information—via a short handout, World Wide Web, or other means—to be included by the instructor with the course materials for the students, and promulgate the availability of such a handout. Information regarding modem access to the university network should be included as well as the Distance Education librarian’s contact information, and interlibrary loan forms. The originating institution will also promulgate the Policy on Library Support for Distance Education to Distance Education instructors.

6.0 For purposes of continuing adjustment to the needs of Distance Education students, the Distance Education librarian should provide periodic reports to the Director of the Library or CUWL representative, indicating the approximate number of student contacts, the services requested, problems encountered, etc. These reports will be reviewed by CUWL as it meets. Additionally, UW Distance Education liaison librarians should develop a list serve to exchange information. An annual teleconference with the group is also recommended.

Note: These general guidelines and principles were adopted in accordance with the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services, 2008.

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Key Guides

Information Literacy Tutorial

This is a guide to understanding sources of information and includes examples that illuminate how to access information sources at UWM.

Evidence Based Practice Tutorial

This is a guide to understanding evidence based practice and applying it to your own clinical questions.

1. Ask 2. Acquire 3. Appraise 4. Apply 5. Assess

Writing Without Plagiarism

This is a guide to organizing your research and writing process so that you minimize the risk of plagiarism. It will help you answer questions like:

What is Plagiarism?Do I need to cite this?How do I cite this?How do I keep track of all the sources I use?

Citation Styles

Supported Styles:

A citation or reference is the information given in a bibliography or a database about a particular title, which often includes:

  • article title or chapter title
  • periodical title or book title
  • author(s) or editor(s)
  • place of publication
  • date of publication
  • publisher name
  • volume/issue (articles) or edition (books)
  • page range
  • medium of publication
  • electronic access (URL or DOI)
  • date accessed

Citations give credit to those whose ideas have contributed to your research and give your readers enough information to locate the sources you used. There are many ways to format citations. The style you choose depends on your field and the requirements set by your professor or publisher.


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