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Include the library in your syllabus

Suggested language about library services and resources for inclusion in course syllabi.

Overview

To make sure your students know how the library can support them, please consider including language about the Madden Library in your course syllabi. Below are two suggestions for syllabus language, one focusing on research help and one covering a wider range of library services. Feel free to use or adapt these examples.

You may also check whether there is a relevant Research Guide, and consider whether to include contact information for your Subject Librarian.

If you will be including library-licensed resources in your syllabus or course shell, please review the best practices for Linking to Library Resources.

Suggested Syllabus Language: Library Resources and Services

The Henry Madden Library offers resources and services to support your success in this and every course. Find thousands of books, articles, videos, and other resources through OneSearch and library databases. Ask a Librarian to get help with your research, from developing search strategies to citing your sources. Tech Lending provides laptops, tablets, cameras, and more. Reserve a study room for individual or group study. For more information, visit the library's web site at library.fresnostate.edu.


While study rooms are unavailable due to COVID restrictions, you may wish to use this abbreviated version:

The Henry Madden Library offers resources and services to support your success in this and every course. Find thousands of books, articles, videos, and other resources through OneSearch and library databases. Ask a Librarian to get help with your research, from developing search strategies to citing your sources. Tech Lending provides laptops, tablets, cameras, and more. For more information, visit the library's web site at library.fresnostate.edu.

Suggested Syllabus Language: Research Help

Get help with research for this class from the Henry Madden Library. Librarians can help you form research questions, develop search strategies, evaluate sources, and cite sources properly. Ask a librarian by email, phone, 24/7 chat, or make an appointment with a subject librarian. For information, see library.fresnostate.edu/info/ask-a-librarian.

More syllabus resources

  • Syllabus Assistance from Faculty Affairs
    Includes required syllabus policies and services, a syllabus template, and more.
  • Accessible Syllabus Template from the Center for Faculty Excellence
    Also provides syllabus suggestions for hybrid or fully online courses.