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Course & Subject Guides

Resources for Faculty- Johnstown Campus

This guide is designed to give an overview of the services Owen Library provides to Faculty and Instructors at Pitt Johnstown

Johnstown Campus Owen Library Guides

What is a LibGuide?

The University of Pittsburgh University Library System has implemented a way to organize and showcase library resources and services available to Pitt faculty and students for research and study.

LibGuides are a content management and information sharing system designed specifically for libraries. The platform allows for easy navigation through and instruction on core and relevant resources in a particular subject field, class, or assignment.

Furthermore, this platform effectively invites collaboration between librarians and instructors to meet the research needs of a particular department, class, or assignment.

  • A well-designed LibGuide will point to suggested resources that support an assignment or course material.   
  • Guides will pool resources to support your students research...and your own

Why use LibGuides?

The LibGuide platform allows us to:

  • Organize core and relevant resources in your field into one 24 hour accessible webpage, simply give your students the url.
  • Combine features of social networks, wikis, and blogs on a particular subject
  • Make RSS and podcast feeds, social bookmarking, and other technologies easy to use.
  • Anything we create is printable, so it can easily be used as handouts.
  • We can update the information on the page BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER you teach a research or library-related lecture, so students can have access to updated material.
  • We can integrate chat technology into your guides for constant communication with your students.
  • Integrate the guide into your Canvas class seamlessly for you

Benefits for Your Students

  • Teaches at the point-of-need to your students.
  • Information is chunked and resources presented in a linear, intuitive fashion.
  • Meets the needs of students with diverse learning styles.
  • Convenient for students who can't (or won't) come to the library.
  • Students can access from dorms, from home, and from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Beneficial for distance learners who don't need to learn the whole library.
  • Great resource for study abroad courses and domestic study tours. Students can start their preliminary research from the LibGuide on campus and continue to access the same resources while traveling.
  • Allows students to focus on the relevant and sift out the less relevant.
  • Visually demonstrates that there are great resources, in multiple formats, on even the most difficult topic. That reassurance builds the confidence of students who need to get started on their research.

How Can I Request a Guide?

To request a LibGuide please contact your subject liaison librarian 

Peter Egler-

  • Business

David Kupas -

  • Humanities 
  • Social Sciences
April Kelly -
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Nursing & Health Sciences

Jim Langan -

  • Sciences


Types of Libguides

The University of Pittsburgh's ULS Librarians make general subject guides, guides for specific courses, and even for specific assignments. Whatever the need, we can work with you!

Easily Embedded Multimedia

Effortlessly embed multimedia inside your guides (videos, RSS feeds, podcasts, etc.). LibGuides makes it easy to spice up your guides with multimedia to make them more useful and more attractive! Check out the example below!

Customizable Look & Feel

We have the ability to control the style of your guide by adding tabs and by selecting different types of content boxes such as:

Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts - Enter any type of formatted text (including html), links, or dynamic javascript code. You can also embed custom scripts, iFrame, etc.

Simple Web Links - Enter a series of links inside the box. Each link has a title, url, and an optional short description which appears when the user hovers over the link.

Links and Lists - Create a bullet lists of web links and non-web link items (regular lists).  Each item can have a short description which appears underneath the item, and an optional More Info button which the user can click to get more information. We can track the usage statistics (outgoing clicks) for the links.

Books from the Catalog - Describe any number of books and provide links to them from the Library Catalog.  Images of book covers can also be included.

Documents & File - Allows uploading of any number of files to your guide.  Individual files cannot be larger than 5MB each.  Each file can have a short description (255 characters).

Google Web, Books, Patent, or Scholar - These search boxes can be added to within the guide. A default search term whose search results will show when the user loads the guide can be added to Google Web or Scholar can also be added.

Interactive Polls- Enables us to create a short poll on your page. Create a question up to 6 choices for your poll. Each poll has a url and you can view real-time results.

Embedded Media and Chat Widgets-The Embedded Media & Widgets box allows us to add video, audio, or any other widget on your guide.

Podcast Feeds- Podcast box enables us to display the contents of a podcast feed on your guide.

Surveys- We can add class surveys on their library learning experience on your guide.

E-Reserves- If you have an e-reserves list for your class through the library, we can add the e-reserves list as a page.

Highlight Books

Highlight book or ebook titles that students will use in the class.

Email Alerts and RSS Feeds

Users can stay connected with new content in the system using both email alerts and/or RSS updates - available by content area, author, or tags/keywords. Check out the example below!

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Possible Concepts Covered in a Guide

Here are a few examples of the ways instructors can reinforce information seeking skills within your classes through LibGuides or through examples embedded on Canvas.