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Library Resources for Faculty: Services

An overview of library resources pertinent to Norfolk State University faculty.


Welcome to the Faculty Resource Guide

The Library is here to help support you with your courses.

This LibGuide has been created to show you all of the ways in which the Library can assist you. Here you will find information on Library Instruction, Library Reserves, Faculty Materials, LibGuides and more.

General Information

Getting to know your Library

.   Identify your Library Liaison, and note their email address, and phone number.

 2.   Take a tour of your campus library

 3.   "Like" us on Facebook.

 4.   Find a library 'Research guide' related to your field.

 5.   Consider whether your students would benefit from some customized library instruction.

 6.   Determine the most important online databases and resources for your field.

 7.   Stop by or call (757-823-8517).




Off Campus Access

If you are off campus, log in through MyNSU.

MyNSU is the portal at Norfolk State University. MyNSU connects students, faculty and staff to information and systems from one point of entry. Colleague, Spartan Self Service, NSU Webmail and Blackboard are all accessible via MyNSU. Also available are the Microsoft Outlook calendar and task list, the library and university announcements.  *Note: If you have a course in Blackboard, there is a link to the library.


If you're having trouble logging on to the Library website or a database, please try this help.

Go to the Login Page: If you can't login on the left side (NSU Users), please try the right side (NSU Users & Others).

If that does not work, there may be something amiss with your account. Please call the circulation desk. To inquire about an account, please call 757-823-2418.

To access the databases from off campus, you will be prompted to enter your NSU net word I.D. for authentication.   If you enter from MyNSU portal, you can skip this step.


Library Services for Faculty

Let the library help you out! Here are just a few of the services we offer:

  • Course Reserves. Do you have textbooks, DVDs, or other items you want to make available to your students? We can house them at the library. Just bring the items to the library and we'll set it all up.
  • Library Instruction. Do your students have a research project to do? Set up a library session for your class. We'll show your students around the library and teach them how to access the online databases.
  • Research Guides. Do you want a list of library resources available to your students? We can create an online research guide (like this one!) just for your class.

Distance and Outreach Services: Equal Access to Information

Face to Face Instruction

ASK a Librarian

Instructional videos


Social Media


Interlibrary Loan

Visit the library to learn more about any of these services.

Bringing Information Literacy into your Blackboard Course Site


It is easy to bring quality content into your Blackboard course.  A series of modules can be downloaded and incorporated directly into your course.  The link will connect your students to the many learning and research resources of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library.  Choose appropriate modules to download and then upload into your courses.

Module 1 Information Creation as a Process

The information creation process results in a range of information formats. Information in any format is produced and shared in different modes of delivery. The iterative processes of researching, creating, reviewing, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.  Students will recognize that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged.

Upon completing this module, the student will be able to ...

  • Articulate the capabilities and constraints of information developed through various creation processes
  • Recognize that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged
  • Access the suitability between an information product's creation process and a particular information need

Module 2 Authority Is Constructed and Contextual

Information resources reflect the creators' expertise and credibilityResources are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority.  It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.  Students will be able to identify types of authority and use credentials in evaluating sources.

Upon completing this module, the student will be able to ...

  • Understand the increasingly social nature of the information ecosystem where authorities actively connect with one another
  • Recognize that authoritative content may be packaged formally or informally and may include sources of all media types
  • Use research tools and indicators of authority to determine the credibility of sources, understanding the elements that might affect this credibility.

Module 3 Information Has Value

The value of information has various dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, as a means to intellectual property laws and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world.   Students will be able to recognize what constitutes plagiarism and copyright violations.

Upon completing this module, the student will be able to ...

  • Understand that intellectual property is a legal and social construct that varies by culture.
  • Recognize issues of access or lack of access to information sources.
  • Decide where and how information is published.

Module 4 Research as Inquiry

Inquiry is a process that focuses on problems or questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions that could be open or unresolved. Students will be able to use various research methods, based on need, circumstances, and type of inquiry.

Upon completing this module, the student will be able to ...

  • Use various research methods, based on need, circumstances and type of inquiry.
  • Organize information in meaningful ways.
  • Formulate questions for research based on information gaps.
  • Use a Research Log.

Module 5 Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching can be nonlinear and iterative and often begins with a question that directs the act of finding needed information.  Students will make connections between the importance of matching needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools.

Upon completing this module, the student will be able to ...

  • Match information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools
  • Use controlled vocabulary, keywords and natural language appropriately
  • Understand how collections are organized in order to access relevant information
  • Manage searching processes and results effectively
  • Design and refine needs and search strategies as necessary, based on search results

Module 6 Scholarship as Conversation

Research in professional fields and in the scholarly communities engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time. Students will examine the bibliography, footnotes, and references section of sources they find to locate additional sources of information.

Upon completing this module, the student will be able to ...

  • Cite the contributing work of others in their own information production
  • Identify barriers to entering scholarly conversation via various venues
  • Critically evaluate contributions made by others in participatory information environments


If you need more information on downloading modules, please call Ann Cannon 757-823-2417