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Library Resources and Services for Faculty: Introduction

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

Library Support for Teaching Online During and after COVID-19

Help is on the Way!

If you need help on using Library resources for online teaching, please contact the library.

While teaching online, you may wish to direct your students to our:

  • Ebooks. These are available through the Library's website or you can explore our Digital Collections to discover material available electronically.  
  • Journal articles. You can link to any electronic journals available via the Virtual Library of Virginia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • MERLOTMultimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. It was started back in 1997 at Sonoma State University.  It is a community of staff, volunteers, and members who work together in various ways to provide users of OER (Open Educational Resource) teaching and learning materials with a wealth of services and functions that can enhance their instructional experience. 

Sharing Library resources using Permalinks

Reading lists are good, but they may not be the preferred method of access, you may need to share links to other resources. You can do this in two ways:

  1. Link directly to an item on the Library's website. These URLs should start with and link directly to pages on our website. The "View Online" option should then redirect you and your students to an online copy if one exists.
  2. Use persistent or permalinks in the Library's Worldcat Discovery or specific databases if available.  Worldcat Discovery allows you to search the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library, as well as libraries worldwide. 

Persistent links (sometimes called permalinks) should be used rather than the url in the address bar to remove any browser session details.  

In the Library, the persistent link shows up in the "Detailed Record" which appears when you click on the resource title. The "Permalink" is located under the "Tools" menu:

The persistent link may be known as a permalink, document URL, persistent URL, durable link/URL, or stable link/URL. Other Library databases and other sites will have a similar option.

This is how the permalink looks in the Ebscohost  Database.

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This is how the permalink link looks in WorldCat Discovery.

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What Does the Library Have to Offer?

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 just like these for your class.
  • Open Educational Resources. This guide provides informatoon about oline resources that are free and open to be used by faculty members to help students manage the cost of college (textbooks, journals articles, etc.)
  • Find Films to use in your Course. See this guide for various film options.

Distance and Outreach Services: Equal Access to Information

Face to Face Instruction

ASK a Librarian


Instructional videos


Social Media

Telephone (757-823-2418)

Interlibrary Loan

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