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Resources for Distance Education Faculty

This guide provides information to support faculty teaching online courses at FSU.

Library Services

FSU Libraries provides a number of customized services for instructors teaching distance learning courses.

Online Instruction

Online instruction sessions can be scheduled by contacting Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian, at or your subject specialist. We normally utilize Blackboard Collaborate but we are happy to work with your technology requests to best support your students and your curriculum.Library instruction sessions include topics such as:

  • Searching for peer reviewed material
  • Using databases
  • Citation management
  • Finding resources for research
  • Plagiarism
  • Subject specific resource

Find your subject specialist or schedule a consultation for more information.

Streaming Media

Florida State University Libraries provides a limited number of streaming videos per course taught by an instructor. Each allotment of videos is based specifically by course number, not section. 


Use permalinks when adding an eResource to your course site to avoid broken links. Find more information about how to easily create permalinks for library resources here.

Embedding Media

FSU Libraries encourages you to embed library media into your course site. Two popular options for videos are the library database Films on Demand and the FSU Libraries YouTube channel. Do you need a library or research related video for your class? Contact to request a specific video tutorial.

Online materials such as e-books, links to articles, streaming videos, and scanned physical items may also be placed on electronic reserve through Blackboard. Any items placed on electronic reserve must meet FSU Libraries' Policies and Practices, which follow the conditions of copyright law.


FSU Libraries will provide scanned copies and links to journal articles and book chapters in a course site. The “E-Reserves” link at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar on the BlackBoard course site will provide access to the reserve items.

University Libraries partner with faculty in research, creative activities, and teaching by providing a wide range of services, a wealth of resources, and professional expertise. Subject librarians are appointed to academic units to work with faculty to acquire necessary resources, consult on research and publishing, participate in courses, and collaborate on grants or research projects. Events, such as lectures, symposia, and receptions, provide opportunities for faculty to share ideas and research and to connect with others across disciplines.

Subject Librarians

FSU Libraries offers a professional librarian liaison to each department, school, and program who provides tailored instruction and research assistance for students and faculty. Each liaison can work collaboratively with teaching faculty, serve as a department's first point of contact for information about library resources and services, and also select materials to support students and their current course curricula.

Find your subject specialist or schedule a consultation for more information.

Citation Management

Florida State University Libraries offers three great citation management tools for students, faculty, and staff. Citation management tools allow you to store and organize citations and files, as well as to create bibliographies formatted in major citation styles.

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