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Pfau Library Resources

The Pfau Library Services available to support faculty and students:

  • The Faculty Essential Services page outlines library resources.
  • The Critical Information Literacy (CIL) Lab contains teaching resources for instructors interested in helping their students think critically about information. The teaching tools in the lab can be tailored to your class assignments and student needs in a variety of ways. Be sure to click through each of the top links (e.g. About, Instructor's Corner, etc.) to fully explore the site.  Also, watch for announcements regarding CIL faculty awards.  These awards provide faculty with additional help integrating CIL into their courses.
  • Library guides are online resource pages that librarians create for you. Relevant resources such as pertinent websites, databases, tutorials, books, and articles are individually selected then collocated for your students. You can use your Library Guide on its own, link it to your class website, or incorporate it into your Blackboard course. 
  • Library instruction sessions are individually customized for your class assignment(s) by the librarians who teach them. Instruction sessions taught in the library provide hands on computer experience for students in addition to demonstrations, learning activities, etc., that help students think about and search for information for their assignment(s).
  • Linking to Library Resources. If you are teaching a class at CSUSB, don't forget that you can link to library online content, including ebooks, journal articles, streaming media, and data to enrich your course. Libraries are the original affordable learning solution! 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

  • What if I want all my students to read the same article or browse the same journal in Blackboard? 
  • Can I get some input on designing a scaffolded research assignment?
    • Absolutely!  The CIL Lab has numerous resources available to help faculty.
  •  The textbook for my course is ridiculously expensive. Is there a way to make my copy of the textbook available to my students?
    • Yes.  You can make a copy of your textbook available through Course Reserves.


[Last updated December 2019]