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Faculty Resources: Course Resources

Subject & Course Guides

Librarians have created Subject & Course Guides to provide specific resources for an area of study or for a particular class. Browse the available Subject Guides. We also provide Topic Guides such as Citation, Academic Integrity, Newspapers, and Visual Literacy (Search for guides by type: topic).

Contact your subject librarian if you have suggestions for Subject Guides or would like a Course Guide for your class.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."*

OER allow users to:

  • Retain – users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse – content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise – content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix – original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute – copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.**

*From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
**5 Rs from David Wiley

More information on OER can be found on our Open Educational Resources guide

Off-Campus Access to Library E-Resources

To ensure that students can access library-provided e-resources from both on and off campus, please add the following URL to the front of the link to the resource:

For example:


Note: Links copied from the library catalog or generated in an EBSCOhost database (called permalinks) should already have the proxy URL appended.

Download a one-page summary on off-campus access to library resources.

Miami University IT services does maintain a VPN, however, please note that logging in to the VPN does NOT provide off campus access to library e-resources.

Streaming Videos

Is there a video that you would like students to view for your class?

If Miami University Libraries (which includes the regionals) owns a captioned copy, then you can request that it be digitized for student use. To comply with accessibility standards, only those videos with captions can be streamed. Contact Mary Hubbard at or 529-1674. Please allow a minimum of two days. You will be asked to sign a reserve form to be copyright compliant and then you will be given a URL to share with your students so they can view the video online.

If we don't own the video, you can discuss the possible purchase of the item for our collection with your subject librarian. This requires advanced lead time. You also have the option of putting your own copy on reserve in the Libraries, however, videos not owned by Miami University Libraries can't be digitized due to copyright issues.

You might also consider using videos from the Kanopy database. Kanopy is a streaming video platform (similar to Netflix) that hosts an award-winning collection of more than 15,000 films including films from the Criterion Collection, PBS, Kino Lorber, California Newsreel, and hundreds of other leading producers. You can create clips or teaching playlists and embed them in your courses in Canvas. All films available on the Kanopy platform include classroom and public performance rights, as long as no admission fee is charged.

Special Collections

One of Miami University’s greatest assets is its extraordinary collection of more than 65,000 rare books, manuscripts, and other primary source materials.  We believe these materials are here to be used, and so we encourage professors in all disciplines to consider including Special Collections in their courses.  Students who visit Special Collections learn to conduct research in an archival environment, and they develop the skills needed to locate, identify, interpret, and think critically about primary source materials such as nineteenth century letters and diaries, early modern printed books and manuscripts, twentieth century political posters, and more.

Class sessions in Special Collections are always adapted to the class’s specific needs. We offer several approaches to instruction based on the instructor’s goals for the course, and we always encourage students to contextualize, investigate, and interact with historical documents.  If you are interested in using Special Collections materials to enhance your class instruction, consider partnering with a Special Collections staff member; we would be happy to help you plan a visit to Special Collections and/or design a learning activity that incorporates our rich collections.

More information can be found on the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives page.

Video Tutorials

The Libraries offer online Video Tutorials on commonly asked questions.