Faculty Services

Looking for something you don't see here? Consult our list of All Library Services A-Z. You may also contact us for help at lib_ref@shsu.edu or 936-294-1614, or toll-free at 1-866-NGL-INFO (645-4636).


Plagiarism Prevention

Faculty may now have their students submit their paper to Turnitin to check originality. This system compares the document with online sources, and the Turnitin database. Turnitin then scores the paper for originality. Professors must first set up a Turnitin "dropbox" in Blackboard or register a class at Turnitin.com; contact the library Reference Desk for full instructions, or attend a Turnitin workshop.

Plagiarism is an annotated webliography of links to plagiarism. This site includes resources to aid in the prevention and detection of plagiarism. It includes links that point to articles, detection tools and term paper sites.

Electronic Resources


The library provides access to hundreds of databases (some are provided by TexShare, a resource-sharing program for the citizens of Texas). View a complete list of the databases available to the SHSU community.

Electronic Journals

A complete list of journals available to the SHSU community in electronic format is available via Ebsco A-to-Z. This service provides links to journals in aggregate databases and to the journal’s website when available.

Interlibrary Loan

To obtain material not held by the Newton Gresham Library, you can place requests online using the ILLiad website. See answers to the most frequently asked questions about Interlibrary Loan.


Faculty>Direct is a service that offers delivery of articles and books that the Newton Gresham Library holds to SHSU faculty members.

Information and Reference Services

You can visit, call (ext 4-1599) or e-mail the Reference desk for information about using the Library, or to help you navigate the Library’s electronic resources.

Librarians also serve as subject bibliographers and work with faculty to develop a collection of materials that supports the curriculum and research activities.

Classroom Instruction

Teaching faculty can schedule library instructional sessions:

  • Custom-designed specifically for their course assignments.
  • Focus on general information literacy skills.
  • Highlight relevant databases, search strategies, and other library resources that provide support for course assignments.
  • Can be presented in your classroom or in the Library.

To find out more about library instruction or to schedule a session, contact the Reference Desk at (936) 294-1599 or lib_ref@shsu.edu.

In addition to instruction scheduled for specific classes or individuals, the Library offers a variety of tours and workshops each semester which are open to all.

Online Instruction

The Library also provides opportunities for online instruction and distance learning.

Librarians can be embedded in online classes or classes that contain an online component.

  • Offer virtual instruction sessions, virtual office hours with real-time chat, custom online research guides, and online tutorials to teach databases and research concepts.
  • Request an embedded librarian with our online request form or contact the Reference Desk (936) 294-1599 (toll-free 1-866-0645-4636).

The Library offers an on-demand online instruction series on the website.

  • Short audio/video Instruction Modules that provide help on various aspects of library research such as Find a Book or Find an Article.
  • Online Tutorials instruct users in how to evaluate and locate information, including using the library catalog, online database, and the Internet.
  • Tutorials have a quiz at the end, and a Certificate of Completion can be printed when the quiz is completed with a passing score.

Faculty Consultation

Need assistance in your office? A librarian will show you how to use electronic databases; find full text journal articles; stay current with the latest electronic resource acquired by the library; and search the web effectively.

Placing Materials on Reserve

Faculty members are encouraged to place materials on reserve for their students. Materials placed on print reserves may include personally owned books, photocopies (with copyright restrictions), and books owned by the Library.

You may complete this convenient Reserves Request Form online, then print it and deliver it to the Library, along with (if applicable) any personal books, article copies, etc. to be placed on reserve. (The Reserves Request Form is a PDF file.)

An electronic reserve system is available 24 x 7 from home or campus. The Library adheres to copyright guidelines. We will contact copyright owners, when needed, and request permission to place material on reserve. That can take some time, so faculty members who wish to place material on electronic reserve should allow 2 – 3 weeks for processing. In the event a copyright owner denies permission, the material cannot be placed on reserve, or, if already on reserve will be removed. The Library's reserves personnel need a clean copy of print material that has to be scanned into the system. Faculty teaching off-campus courses or online courses will find Electronic Reserves an especially useful way of providing access to readings. Call 294-1628 for more information regarding suitability of material, copyright restrictions, and required lead time.

Read the SHSU Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works Placed on Reserve and the Use of Audio/Visual Material in Distance Learning - Revised Sept 2012

Distance Learning Services

While Distance Learning Courses are those classes that are received or taught off-campus, eligibility for the Library's Distance Learning Services is limited to students who are both enrolled in SHSU off-campus courses only and who live outside Walker County. Distance Learning Services are not available to students who take one or more courses on the SHSU campus, as well as persons not affiliated with SHSU.

For a complete description of the Library’s Distance Learning Services and policies see http://library.shsu.edu/services/distance.

Recommending Book and Journal Purchases

Faculty members are encouraged to recommend materials to be added to the library collection. Materials recommended to support the instructional program of the university will be given first priority.

Recommendations for books and other materials, such as videos and music CDs, can be submitted electronically through the Library Book Recommendation Form.

Journal recommendations can be submitted via the Library Journal Recommendation Form.

For detailed help using these forms, consult the Faculty Recommendation Instructions. For further assistance in ordering, contact Teri Oparanozie or your subject bibliographer.

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