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Kathryn A. Martin Library

Online Learning Resources for Faculty

Library Research Guides

Librarians are able to create study and instructional aids called Research Guides.  These resources provide access to librarian contact information, selected databases and e-journals, listings of books, and common finding aids.

Users can view a listing of all published Research Guides, or view a listing of Research Guides by subject.

Preview of the Chemistry Research Guide, designed for finding scholarly literature and chemical information. The guideā€™s pages are outlined on the left side: Find Articles & Books, Chemical Properties, Spectra, Safety Information, and Syntheses. The preview displays the Find Articles & Books page, which includes information on searching by topic in databases and finding additional relevant journals. Under the left-hand menu is contact information for the Science Librarian.

Types of Research Guides

  • Course Guides: Created around a specific class that includes a research component.
  • Archives & Special Collections Guides: Contain information on using UMD's collections, researching local histories, and finding maps and pictures, among other related topics.
  • Subject Guides: Focused on information for a discipline or major.
  • Topic Guides: Cover information on specific topics, including Copyright, Open Educational Resources, and Citation Styles and Managers.

Instructors interested in adding a course-specific Research Guide can contact their subject librarian to set up a consultation. The librarian will be able to determine if an existing guide will be sufficient or if a new guide should be created.