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Faculty Services

Course Specific Research Guides

Upon request, a Reference Librarian can create a course specific research guide.  The guide can provide links to class readings as well as additional course-related resources.  Here are some examples:

Library

What is an embedded librarian?

Embedded librarians are available for upper level seminar courses where the final output is a paper tailored to the seminar topic.

The seminar will be assigned a librarian who, on a time table set out by faculty and in line with the class syllabus, will:

  1. Create a Research Guide tailored to the seminar topic.

  2. Conduct a research session for the seminar students about topic selection and appropriate topical resources.

  3. Meet individually with students after students create and submit a preliminary research plan for their faculty approved topic. The one-on-one meeting between librarian and student will focus on whether the student’s topic is appropriately scoped and whether the selected research plan is appropriate for the topic.

  4. Meet individually for a second time with students. This second meeting takes place after the student has submitted a draft for librarian review. The librarian will complete a cite check and ensure that student is consulting appropriate authority for their topic.

  5. Embedded librarians communicate with faculty to provide progress notes and to allocate points to whatever extent the faculty member would like. This has traditionally ranged from 0% - 10% of a student’s grade.

If interested in inviting a librarian to embed in your upper level seminar, contact Faye Jones, Director of the Law Library, fjone@illinois.edu.  

Guest Lectures

Using Copyrighted Material in Courses

Can I scan or photocopy a portion of a book or article and distribute it to students?

Copying copyrighted content may constitute copyright infringement.  Although fair use provides limited exceptions to this general rule, a better alternative may be to place the content on reserve in the Law Library or to provide links to online content on the course page.

 

Can I upload an article to a course page for students to read?

Digitizing copyrighted content may constitute copyright infringement.  Although fair use provides limited exceptions to this general rule, a better alternative may be to place the content on reserve in the Law Library or to provide links to online content on the course page.

 

Can I post a link to an article on a course page?

Yes.  Linking to an article does not constitute copyright infringement.

 

How do I obtain permission to reproduce copyrighted material for a course?

The Copyright Clearance Center at www.copyright.com is a good place to start.  The "GET PERMISSIONS" link is in the top right corner.  Available publications are searchable by Publication Title of ISBN/ISSN. 

 

Teaching Tools and Study Aids

The Library has many teaching tools and resources available, including:

Video Lessons and Practice Questions on a wide variety of legal topics.  The Legal Research lesson is authored by the Jenner Library's own Michelle Hook-Dewey & Heather Simmons!

See link below for access to Quimbee.              

         

Interactive, computer-based, tutorials covering over 1,000 legal topics.

See Student Resources Tab in Intranet for information on accessing CALI.

 

Video courses in software, creative, and business skills.

See link below for access to Lynda.