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Faculty FAQ

How do I suggest a purchase?

To suggest a purchase for the library, email your request:  We will ask you for some additional information after you make the initial request.  

Feel free to suggest books, journals, films, or music cd's that will fulfill the teaching and learning mission of Shoreline Community College. You may want to consider interlibrary loan for materials you will only use once.  We will make every effort to obtain the teaching and learning resources you need, within the constraints of the budget and the college mission. 


What library instruction is available and why should I use it in my course?

The Ray Howard Library @ Shoreline Community College is a teaching library and its librarians are teaching faculty. Collaborate with a librarian to build appropriate research, reading and information literacy concepts and skills into your course.

Library instruction workshops are designed by librarians and instructors to be tailored to the content and student needs. Instructors usually schedule between one-three workshops per course per quarter.  Learning outcomes can be skills focused, i.e., how to generate keywords to search across all library resources using One Search, or concept focused, i.e., which voices are usually left out of historical literature and how should that affect how you read a text?

Workshops can teach to a particular assignment, or they can stand on their own, depending on the outcomes of the course and student needs. 

The Information Literacy Plan (ILP) recommends skills and concepts for particular courses. 

You can use a library orientation module to introduce your students to using library resources. This module takes les than an hour for students to complete, and it familiarizes students with the library website.  See Library Resources for Canvas for more information. You can also request a tailored Canvas module for your course.  

Contact TaChalla Ferris, Information Literacy Librarian, or for more information about workshops and Canvas modules. 

What can I put in my syllabus about the library?

Syllabus Language

Use library resources and services to succeed in your coursework. Talk with a friendly librarian to help your with topic choice and formation and research. There is always a librarian at the reference desk to help students with their research questions as long as the library is open and via online chat when the library is closed.  Read widely to explore what you want to do. The library has a large variety of information sources to help you with class projects like books (including eBooks that are available 24/7 online), journals, databases and reference materials. Study in the library for quiet and collaborative work.  There is a quiet computer lab, study rooms for check out and collaborative space.  The library staff is helpful, kind and accommodating; make sure you get to know them. See the library website for hours and online research help. 


Is my class booked in 4214?

4214 Calendar Bookings

If you talked to someone in the library about having your class in the library classroom or are collaborating with a librarian on a lesson, you may be booked in Room 4214. 

Room 4214 is unavailable.

What is One Search and what does it contain?

What Does One Search Contain?

This all-in-one search box finds a variety of materials in many of our resources at once, saving time and organizing search results in one place.

These are the databases that are searched all at once:

  • ProQuest Research Library
  • ArtStor
  • arXiv
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

Some resources show up in the results of One Search that are independent of our database subscriptions. Here are some of those sources that are automatically searched when you use One Search. However, we do not own access to all of these. This means that you and your students may discover resources that are not available through the Ray Howard Library. Some of these are open access databases, so you and your students can access them for free.  For articles from other databases, you will be able, in many cases, to order copies through Interlibrary Loan.

  • SpringerLink
  • EconPapers
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Dialnet
  • DataCite
  • DASH (Harvard Library)
  • SwePub
  • AgEcon
  • DiVA Academic Archive Online
  • SciELO Brazil (Scientific Electronic Library Online)
  • LSE Research Online (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • eScholarship
  • Inderscience Journals 
  • + a lot more!

Piechart of items indexed by Primo

 54% Print books, magazines, journals, maps, and more

 21% Electronic newspaper, magazines, and journal articles

 16% Online encyclopedias and non-fiction e-books

 9% Streaming video and other media

How do I get works the library does not own?

Interlibrary Loan

Use interlibrary loan (ILL) to borrow books and articles that are not available in the Shoreline Community College Library, and that you do not want for the permanent collection. ILL may be the right choice for your disciplinary professional learning. 

Physical item ILL is temporarily unavailable.

Where do I get help with Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources

We've organized some of these OER resources on an easy to use webpage along with some information about the Creative Commons. Contact, for help locating an OER textbook, or for further conversations about OER. 

What kind of help is there to teach about plagiarism?


Find the college's plagiarism policy along with resources, materials, and more at the library's page about plagiarism. 

How do I get access to the Chronicle of Higher Education at home?

Chronicle of Higher Education

The library pays for a subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a popular publication that touches on educational trends and information. 

How do I put library items on reserve?

Put a book, film or music cd owned by the library on reserve by  clicking the button and filling out the form. Please tell us how many quarters the item should be on reserve, and how many hours your students can keep the item. 


How do I put personal items on reserve?

To put aside your own personal item for your students, click the button and fill out the form. Keep in mind that you will need to tell us how long to put it aside and the checkout period your students will have when they check out the item. 


Who should I ask for help?

Copyright and open education: Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen

Your division liaison can help you or help you find the most helpful person! 


Computer Science/Technology Lauren Bryant


Music and Music Technology

Social Sciences: TaChalla Ferris


You can also send an email to and we will contact you! 


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