Library Resources for Online Courses

Interior photo of first floor of the UIS Brookens Library.
Interior of UIS Brookens 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

Students may easily receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarian assigned to their discipline. Students may also call the

The Brookens Library staff also maintains a library resource page for UIS Online students, as well as library resources pages for each major area of study.

Library Materials in Your Course

E-Reserves page listing links to PDF files.
Library Resources area in the LMS listing links to accessible PDF files and videos posted by librarians.

The Brookens Library at UIS owns many helpful resources for online courses — from full-text 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 to navigate the use of copyrighted works in the online classroom.

Links to Full-text Articles in Library Databases or e-Books

UIS Brookens Library makes it easy to share digital materials from databases with your students. First, locate the materials in the library database. Next, find the permanent link to share the resource with colleagues or students. This permanent link will ask the user to authenticate with their UIS NetID and password. Once successfully authenticated, the user will be able to view the resource from any location.

View the library tutorial on How to Share Links.

Course and eReserves

When faculty wish to place materials on electronic reserve or stream a video, the library is the place to begin. Once the library personnel locate or scan the requested files, a Library Resources page will be added to your course site on the learning management system (LMS). 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.

View the library guide for Course & E-Reserves.

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.


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.” (from The University of Texas)

Brookens Library Copyright Resources for Faculty