Library Information for Faculty & Staff

Finding library resources

To find library resources, search the catalogue located on the library website or choose a database from our A-Z list of subscriptions. Our collections have a variety of formats to support the needs of students, faculty, and staff:

      •  Ebooks licensed for single, multiple, or unlimited concurrent users.  

      •  Academic journals, trade and industry publications, reports, industry profiles, newspapers, and magazines.

      •  Multimedia databases with online steaming videos, teaching guides, interactive tutorials, and practice tests.

      •  Professional reference and point-of-need databases for nursing and pharmacy studies.

      •  Print books and DVDs, including collections for English Language Learning (ELL), graphic novels, and fiction.

The library has also configured Google Scholar to link out to licensed resources that are otherwise locked behind a paywall. Access this feature by using the "Google Scholar" link on the library’s website below the catalog search box.

You can also our Syllabus Service to have a library staff member assist in finding and using resources in your course:

Using library resources

Off-campus access to online library resources requires all faculty, staff, and students to login with their Bow Valley College email address and password.

Our resources are licensed for noncommercial use by Bow Valley College faculty, staff, students and onsite visitors for educational or research purposes. Terms and conditions set by license agreements include, but are not limited to, restrictions on copying, republishing, altering, redistributing and reselling the information contained within electronic resources. These restrictions vary depending on the specific resource and instructors are responsible for ensuring their use of library materials complies with license agreements and Canadian copyright laws.

Please note that while the library can provide guidance on the use of our licensed resources, in-depth copyright assistance and requests are available through the college’s Copyright Services.

In most cases, there are two ways you can integrate library resources into courses:

Most of the library's online resources have permalinks that are distinct from the URL (link) in the browser's web address bar, which are often tied to a user's search session and expire after a brief period of time.

A permalink (also called a persistent link, permanent link, stable link, or infomark) gives direct access to a web page for a specific resource, catalogue or database record with links to download the resource, or search results page.

Since permalinks require a login for off-campus access, they can be shared openly on websites, in D2L course pages, and within emails, provided the resource will be used for instructional or research purposes only.

Clips, segments, or full-length streaming videos can be embedded directly into password-protected platforms, such as learning management systems.

After locating a video in a library database, click the "Embed" option that will autogenerate a code to copy and paste into the insert video function in D2L Brightspace.

Recommending Library Resources

Recommending Library Resources

Bow Valley College staff and faculty can recommend books and ebooks for the library to purchase. To recommend a resource for the library, fill out this form. You will be notified once a decision has been made. Orders can take up to and beyond 4 weeks to arrive at the library.