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Hope Library Guides

Library Services & Support for Faculty: Support for Teaching

The Hope College Libraries provide a variety of services and resources in support of faculty teaching and scholarship.

Department Liaison

Did you know that your department has a liaison to the library?  They are another good resource for discussions about how the library can best assist you and your department.  See this list for your current liaison.

Instruction Librarians

Information Literacy in the Curriculum

The Information Literacy program at Hope College Libraries is a collaborative effort between teaching faculty and the teaching librarians designed to prepare students to be effective information seekers and users, both in general and in their disciplines with the goal of developing information fluent students.

The General Education curriculum requires that all First Year Seminar (FYS) and English 113 classes receive information literacy instruction, but many other courses with research components can benefit from sessions—in the library, or another learning space—led by librarians.


Get Help Designing Library Related Assignments

The key to a successful information literacy program is close collaboration between teaching librarians and classroom faculty to design and guide students through research projects. Librarians can also be helpful in thinking about writing assignments. Librarians often create custom tailored course guides to serve as specialized research portals for students enrolled in a particular course.

Request a Course Guide

To see the list of Course Guides available, visit the Course Guide site.  You may request a new Course Guide through AskaLibrarian or contact your Department's Librarian directly.

Preventing & Detecting Plagiarism

The library offers students a variety of resources in order to help students avoid plagerism and cite sources correctly.

Citation Tools

Citation tools are available to assist students with the correct formating of citations. 

  • EasyBib Web - A complete citation management and source documentation system. Note: first create an account on campus and then full access is available anywhere via login.
  • EndNote Web - A complete citation management and source documentation system.
  • KnightCite - For quickly generating single MLA, APA, or Chicago Style citations to copy and paste into your document.

Several style guides are available online.

      If you want to give students practice with avoiding plagerism, integrating quotations etc. there are Research exercises available on the Diane Hacker website for MLA, APA and Chicago style. (Disclaimer: This website does not contain the most up-to-date version of APA (6th ed.). For Hacker’s pdf version of the APA updates, click here)

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      Library Materials to Support Your Course

      All faculty may request that the library purchase books, ebooks, DVDs, music, and reference materials in support of a course. Contact your Department Librarian directly to have materials ordered. Librarians can also create visual displays of books on a selected topic for a course guide.


      Library Reserve Desk

      To facilitate access to readings and other materials, faculty may place materials on reserve at the main circulation desk at Van Wyeln Library. See the Library Reserves Webpage for guidelines and instructions. If you have questions, call Carla Kaminski x7889.


      Support for Technology Related Assignments

      The library supports student use of technology to present research and learning through digital projects and presentations including research posters, video, web pages and a variety of new media. The Library TechLab will work with instructors to design projects and coordinate the use of equipment. Students can get assistance learning to use equipment, software and presentation techniques.  Contact with any questions about this service.

      Using Special Collections in Course Assignments

      Many faculty have found that having students use primary source materials from the Joint Archives and Rare Books collection is a great complement to course goals. Librarians and the Archivist will work closely with you to give students first-hand experience in doing research using library special collections. A sample of courses and individual student projects can be found on the Student Scholarship With Special Collections website.