Mohave Community College Libraries

This page is here to help you research and find materials specific to your subject.

Faculty Services

Faculty are welcome to put on Course Reserve any textbooks, books, DVDs, etc. that might be needed for their classes. Course Reserve items can generally be checked out for 2–4 hour periods. Students are welcome to use the materials for study in the library or make copies of materials, as long as they abide by copyright laws. Generally, the libraries do not purchase textbooks for Course Reserves due to cost concerns.

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MCC Librarians encourage faculty to incorporate library instruction sessions into their courses. Library instruction sessions can cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Determining Information Needs
  • Accessing Information
  • Evaluating Information
  • Using Information Ethically

Each session, or series of sessions, is tailored to meet the unique research needs of the individual courses. Faculty should contact their campus librarian at least a week in advance in order to schedule library instruction. Instruction sessions may be held in the library, in a 500 lab, or in the course classroom. Faculty are required to attend the session.

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Information Literacy Learning Outcomes

MCC Librarians have outlined learning outcomes that align with skills frequently addressed during information literacy instruction sessions. These outcomes have been adapted from Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and the Information Literacy VALUE Rubric available through the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Many of the outcomes align with the student learning objectives outlined in MCC's General Education Philosophy, as indicated by parenthetical notations.

Determine Information Needs (3.2-3.6) (5.6-5.7)

  • Students will be able to explain the benefits of brainstorming their topic through preliminary/exploratory searches. (2.6)
  • Students will be able to generate keywords appropriate for their search inquiry. (2.3)
  • Students will be able to identify different information formats (peer-reviewed articles, magazine articles, book, ebook, websites, etc.), including the unique steps that lead to their publication.
  • Students will be able to select appropriate information sources for their project. (2.2) (2.4) (2.6) (3.7)
  • Students will be able to refine their research topic in order to retrieve an appropriate amount of quality sources. (2.2) (3.7)
  • Students will be able to explain the purpose of using a library database. 
  • Students will be able to identify the structure of a library database. (2.3)
  • Students will be able to define literary criticism. (2.3)

Access Information (3.2-3.6) (4.1-4.4) (4.6) (5.3) (5.4) (5.7)

  • Students will be able to perform basic search operations (search, limiters, cite/save tools, locate PDF links) of databases appropriate for their class. (3.7)
  • Students will be able to locate books in the library catalog.
  • Students will be able to physically locate books in the library.
  • Students will be able to execute different methods for obtaining information not available in the library (e.g. interlibrary & intercampus loans).
  • Students will be able to use controlled vocabulary/thesauri tools. (2.3)

Evaluate Information (3.2-3.6) (5.3-5.7)

  • Students will be able to evaluate sources for usefulness. (2.4) (3.7)
  • Students will be able to evaluate sources for credibility. (2.4) (3.7)
  • Students will be able to explain the cyclical research process (new questions/branches of inquiry appear as you research your topic). (2.6) (5.2)
  • Students will be able to differentiate between primary and secondary sources. (5.2)

Use Information Ethically (3.2-3.6) (5.7)

  • Students will be able to articulate what constitutes plagiarism. (2.6)
  • Students will be able to explain why information should be used ethically. (2.6)
  • Students will be able to accurately use MLA or APA documentation style. (2.6) (5.6)

Campus Librarians are happy to take suggestions for materials to add to the library collection. Faculty input helps ensure that acquired materials align with course subject matter and better meet the needs of MCC students. Please contact your local campus librarian with suggestions for new physical and electronic materials.

Faculty are encouraged to use MCC Libraries for their own research and recreational purposes. Campus librarians are happy to investigate reference questions and assist with finding course resources. Faculty can request any MCC item through Inter-Campus Loan (ICL). Physical print resources (books, articles) not available through the MCC Library system may be acquired through Inter-Library Loan (ILL). To place an ICL or ILL request, simply speak with a library staff member. Items are usually available within 1-2 weeks.

The Embedded Librarian program is intended to establish a librarian presence in online course environments. Faculty members deciding to participate in the program are given access to the Embedded Librarian folder in the MCC Learning Management System (LMS). This folder contains a Librarian contact information, a video introducing library services, and information literacy units that faculty members may select to include in their course. 

There are currently ten information literacy units that faculty may include in their course. There is no limit to the number of units that may be selected. The units are:

Students work through the content of the units (videos, Prezi presentations, written descriptions) at their own pace and then return to the LMS to complete a quiz testing their knowledge of the unit content. The units are most useful to students when they have clearly defined due dates and points/extra credit attached to completion. The faculty member may also request that the librarian attend on-ground sessions in order to provide in-person instruction.

Faculty who are interested in participating should contact their campus librarian to have the Embedded Librarian folders set up in the Schoology course shell. 

The MCC Librarians have developed a course within the CELT Schoology page to assist faculty in the many copyright issues that can arise. This course includes self-paced modules touching on major copyright topics such as fair use, classroom exceptions, distance education guidelines and more. Assessments and interactive quizzes test your understanding of concepts, and you can post your questions to the monitored discussion board.

To gain access to the course, please contact your campus librarian or CELT member.

Closed captioning services are available for video materials created by Faculty. Please contact the NCK Library if you need closed captioning added to your course materials: 928-757-0856 or eroper@mohave.edu.

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