Library Time-Saving Tips for CIs

The following information is also available in PDF: Library Time-Saving Tips for Graduate Student Course Instructors 

Libraries offer resources and services to support you in delivering your courses, and to help enhance your students’ learning experience.

Contact your liaison librarian
Liaison librarians are your first point of contact and can help you find library services and resources to support your teaching and research. Find yours at

Support in your Quercus course
Do you have a course website in the Quercus? Each Quercus course has a Library Resources menu link
containing discipline-specific research resources. You can ask your liaison librarian to:

  • customize the existing Library Resource feed, if needed
  • be embedded in your Discussion Board for relevant assignment support

Instruction and research support

  • in-class instruction (topics can include: developing a searchable research question, modeling effective search strategies, locating primary sources, and/or citing sources)
  • online research guide
  • office hours or drop-in sessions

Partner with a librarian on student research assignments
Ask your librarian for support such as assistance with scaffolding tasks in research assignments and providing ‘just-in-time’ drop-in sessions near assignment deadlines.

Syllabus Service, reserve readings, and copyright
Take advantage of our Syllabus Service. By submitting your syllabus to the Library, we will ensure that your course readings are copyright compliant, and we’ll purchase clearances for needed material at no cost to you. Need a book on reserve? The Library will ensure that the book finds its way to the course reserve shelf in the appropriate library. Visit for more information.

Four Ways to Help Your Students:
Full list of how to get help:

1. Library FAQ:
2. One on one Research Consultations:
3. Library Workshops:
4. Ask a Librarian (Chat):

Supporting Yourself
Don’t forget about your own research needs! You can also contact your liaison librarian for research consultations. University of Toronto Libraries delivers graduate-specific workshops on specialized and advanced topics offered through the Graduate Professional Skills Program. Find courses of interest listed on the online calendar.


Prepared by Heather Buchansky and Courtney Lundrigan on August 27, 2015. Adapted from CDI Course Design Support from the University of Toronto Libraries by Heather Buchansky, Monique Flaccavento and Mindy Thuna and Time-Saving Tips for Instructors from the Library by Rita Vine.