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Library instruction program: Using library resources

Helping Students use Library Resources

Encourage your students to visit the Service Desk in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre:

  • to get oriented to library spaces, services and resources
  • to get help with searching for and finding print and online resources

Encourage your students to meet with their subject librarian:

  • for more in-depth assistance with developing advanced search strategies and using subject-specific information sources and search tools

Sharing Library Resources with Students

To find books and ebooks in the MRU collection, use the search box on the Library's homepage.

  • add the title or keywords and search
  • then, on the left-hand side of the screen, Refine Your Search by selecting Library Catalog and Book / eBook

To find only eBooks, refine your search by selecting Full Text Online (see the above example). 

Ebooks can be added to your Blackboard site.  Here is an example from our most common eBook provider.

You can link to a specific part of the book, too. 

If you have any questions, or if you are trying to link to a book from a different provider, please phone us at 403.440.6019.

To find DVDs and streaming videos:

  • add the title or keywords and search in the search box on the homepage.
  • then, on the left-hand side of the screen, Refine Your Search by selecting Video Recording and/or Streaming Video. "Video Recording" will find videos and DVDs we have on the shelves in the Library.

Films On Demand is one of the streaming services to which we subscribe. It works best in Chrome. After setting up your own Films on Demand user account, you will be able to:

Other video streaming resources through the MRU library include:

To find articles, use the search box on Library's homepage:

  • add the title or keywords and search
  • then, on the left-hand side of the screen, Refine Your Search by selecting Scholarly & Peer-Review and Journal Article

You can also search a specific library database to find articles. Find databases in the home page search box or in this list

To find out if MRU subscribes to a specific journal, search our journals by title list.

You can create permalinks to articles in Blackboard for your students. Below are examples of where to find persistent links in our most popular search interfaces. When looking at an article in a different database or journal, look for a DOI or links called something like shareable link, permalink, or persistent link.

Creating a permalink from the search results list and database record

The Library website provides access to a number of subject guides that provide faculty and students with access to books, journals, videos, websites and other resources relevant to specific subject areas.

Most of these guides also contain course-specific pages that include research tips and tools to help students complete assignments, and that can be used independently by students or in a Librarian-led IL session. Contact your subject librarian for more information.

See the Copyright Guide for information on finding and using information sources for teaching and learning at MRU.

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Using Spaces & Technology for Teaching and Learning

Use the technology and spaces in the RLLC  to enhance teaching and learning in your courses. These include Visualization spaces, Immersion Studio, Maker Studio, and Audio Production Rooms.

Contact your Subject Librarian, the Visualization Specialist, or Technology Facilitator for more information about using these spaces.



Books in the Library

Mastering Media Literacy

Call Number: LB 1028.35 L432 2014

Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy Through Personal Narrative


Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative provides a wide-ranging look at the origins, concepts, theories, and practices of the field. This unique, exciting collection of essays by a range of distinguished scholars and practitioners offers insights into the scholars and thinkers who fertilized the minds of those who helped shape the theory and practice of digital and media literacy education.