Library Resources for Online Courses

Interior of the UIS Library.Don’t be afraid to assign research projects to online students!

UIS online students have an extensive knowledge base at their fingertips via the online resources in Brookens library.

Even though online students may not be able to physically browse the library, they have the same access as any other university student.

Services for Online Students

Tool that will connect to a virtual librarian.Students may easily receive one-on-one help at anytime, day or night, using the ‘Ask Away’ feature. This online chat tool provides a way to request assistance in locating information. The library lists several additional ways a student or faculty member can get help locating information.

Library Materials in Your Course

The Brookens Library at UIS owns many helpful resources for online courses — from online databases of articles and e-books to images, video, and audio. If you can’t find what you are looking for, the friendly librarians and staff will help you locate materials. The staff will also help you navigate the use of copyrighted works in the online classroom.

When faculty wish to place materials on electronic reserve, link to library databases or e-books, or stream video, the library is the place to begin. Once the library personnel locate or scan the requested files, a Library Resources link will appear on the left navigation bar in the Blackboard course. Course participants click the link to access a listing of supplemental course material. The e-reserve documents and videos remain within the course for the duration of the semester, while links to database articles and e-books will remain. The supplementary materials may be printed by students.

E-Reserves page listing links to PDF files.


In 2002, Congress passed the TEACH Act.

“The TEACH Act expands the scope of educators’ rights to perform and display works and to make the copies integral to such performances and displays for digital distance education, making the rights closer to those we have in face-to-face teaching. But there is still a considerable gap between what the statute authorizes for face-to-face teaching and for distance education.

Fair use is almost always going to be the best source of authority for making copies in any context, but especially in conjunction with statutes like 110(2) that give us specific authorization that may not be sufficient in a particular case.”


Movies in an Online Course

The incorporation of a popular movie, documentary, or other media within an online course may serve as a great learning tool. Unfortunately, licensing issues for streaming the movie may present a problem. The Brookens Library offers many resources for UIS faculty.