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Graduate Students Library Guide: Teaching Assistants

This guide offers library and university services and resources specifically for Master and PhD students.


The University Libraries will provide only electronic reserves services during the Spring semester.

We can scan chapters from print books you were planning on placing on physical reserves or work with ITLAL to digitize video content for streaming. Entire books cannot be digitized due to copyright restrictions. 

We  recommend assigning course materials that are available to students online and providing access via Blackboard or electronic reserves. You can upload or link to content directly in your Blackboard course or Adding Electronic Reserves via Blackboard.

If you have any questions, please contact University Libraries Reserves at or (518) 442-4424.

For books the University Libraries do not own in digital format, contact your subject librarian and provide information about the book along with course title and course number.  In some cases, we may be able to acquire an unlimited access ebook for you.

For additional information about reserves, consult Reserves for Faculty.

Additional Helpful Strategies Recommended Include:

  • Upload personal copies of articles and book chapters. Reserves staff can assist with scanning content, if needed.
  • Provide permalinks to any e-books, articles, streaming media, or other resources in the University Libraries’ collections which can be found using our Search tool, our e-journals, or our databases.
  • Use the Open Access Button to see if an article is freely available online.
  • Request material through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if the article/chapter cannot be obtained through our Search tool or Open Access
  • Adopt, adapt or create a SUNY Open Educational Resource (OER). OERs are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. For more information on OER and additional resources outside of SUNY, please visit our OER LibGuide
  • Work with ITLAL to digitize media to stream via Ensemble accessible through your Blackboard course.
    • Library staff will send DVDs from the University Libraries to be digitized by ITLAL. 
  • Seek the advice of the librarian who works most closely with your department.  

Course-Related Library Instruction

Librarians can teach your class online

Subject librarians could provide information literacy sessions remotely via ZOOM (recommended by the University) or other online platforms. In-person course instruction is currently unavailable. They may help with providing course-specific research guides or consultation for upper division or graduate classes. They can also help faculty locate materials that they can use in their teaching.

The Information Literacy Department has a wide range of tutorials and other instructional materials available online at

You can specifically find resources for faculty here:

 For those teaching WCI courses or AENG110z, a guide is available at that provides suggested instructional materials.

For those teaching UUNI100 courses, a student guide for Core Assignment #3 can be found at

Research Guides Integrated in Blackboard

Every UAlbany Blackboard page course provides direct access to a library guide. You can find it under the STUDENT RESOURCES section of the navigation bar. Click on "Research Guides" and you will find it. See example in the image below. By default, you will be taken to a main subject gateway page where this course is offered (history, sociology, chemistry, etc.). You can always change this and include a link to a guide specially created for this course. If you are interested in this option, contact your subject librarian.

Open Educational Resources (OER)