Online Faculty Instruction Request Form
Please note: most fields require a response. If a response is not applicable, please enter "N/A".
We are eager to help you and your students meet your course learning objectives. We therefore encourage you to schedule a library instruction session.
Library Instruction Sessions Include:
The Library's Interactive Instruction Lab
How to Arrange Library Instruction Sessions:
In all cases, please get a confirmation from the Reference Staff (x8532) that we can accommodate your proposed schedule. We can not always accommodate your preferred date--especially on short notice.
Please stop by the Reference Desk for a chat, or contact us via phone at [617-573-] 8532 or by email (email@example.com).
A "persistent URL" (also known as PURL) enables a more or less permanent link to specific individual full text articles in several of the Sawyer Library's licensed full text databases. Faculty in all departments can use PURLs to prepare web-based or Blackboard pages that students can use to link directly to the full-text of articles. Each full text database provider has resolved all copyright issues; persistent URLs are available at no extra cost to the user or the Sawyer Library. Therefore, PURLs can be used to create Web links to articles for required course readings, reducing the number of printed articles in course packets and thereby reducing the cost of the packets for students.
Persistent URLs can be formatted for both on- and off-campus access. A correctly-formatted article-level persistent URL must begin with "< a href = "http://0- " and include "library.law.suffolk.edu" AFTER the domain. Therefore, a correctly-formatted PURL would look like this example: http://0-search.epnet.com.library.law.suffolk.edu/direct.asp?an=10236180&db=aph&tg=AN
For examples about how to create or find persistent URLs for different library databases, visit the library's guide for Persistent Link URLs -- How to create them.
Most information vendors used by the Sawyer Library provide online help within the database as to how to create and link PURLs. If you have any questions not covered by the vendor's instructions, please contact the Sawyer Library Reference Department by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 573-8532
Sawyer Library welcomes faculty input in collection development. You know the curriculum needs of your students better than anyone, and we encourage you to request titles that would best meet the research needs of you and your students.
First, since the Reference staff does a great deal of collection development, you should not assume that we do not own a book you are interested in. Before requesting it, please check our online catalog to make sure that we do not own it.
If it is not owned, please feel free to use this book request form to request the book.
All book requests are governed by budget constraints. The Library budget closes for the fiscal year in the spring. Requests received in May, for example, will probably need to be deferred until the next fiscal year in July.
Are books needed for a new course being offered? Please plan ahead in this situation. It is difficult to immediately acquire books for student use in the middle of the current semester.
If you prefer not to use an online request form, feel free to bring or send catalog tearsheets, Amazon printouts, or other paper records of the books you are requesting. (Please make sure that we have complete citation information including Author, Title, Publisher and ISBN).
One Last Note about RESERVE BOOKS. All textbooks being used for your course should be ordered through the Suffolk University Bookstore. It is through the Bookstore that we are obligated to purchase the two copies of texts that we keep at the Reserve Desk. Please make sure that the Bookstore knows about your required books. For more on Reserves, see this page http://www.suffolk.edu/sawlib/16613.php.
Other questions? Stop by the Reference Desk or call us at x8532 or email us at email@example.com.
Please note: Faculty may recommend the purchase of specific books for the Sawyer Library collection. A decision to purchase will be dependent on existing collection development needs and the availability of funds.
Please note: Faculty may recommend the acquisition of a new serial title for the Sawyer Library collection. Because acquiring a new serial title becomes a commitment to renew the subscription year-to-year, a decision to acquire a new serial title will be dependent on the expectations of the availability of funds for at least three years, expectations of the title's usage to support the undergraduate or graduate curriculum, and faculty research.