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Remote Instruction Support

We’re here to support you as you finish the semester online.

Ebooks and journals

Our online materials, including ebooks, streaming video, and more, are available through Library Search and our databases

Our staff are working quickly with many academic publishers to get access to ebook and journal collections that have not previously been accessible to our users. 

Explore our digital special collections

Our digital collections offer access to the unique primary historical and cultural resources held by the Libraries and to selected scholarly works and other publications produced at Temple. 

We also encourage you to explore PA Digital, Pennsylvania’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and its collection of primary source sets

Schedule a session with a librarian

Our librarians will continue to deliver information literacy instruction synchronously or asynchronously depending on your course needs. Live sessions can be held via Zoom.

Librarians remain available to you and your students for research consultations by appointment or for brief chat sessions during regularly scheduled hours (Monday through Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday Noon-5pm, and Sunday Noon-8pm).

Embedding library resources into Canvas

We also provide tutorials and other online learning resources that can easily be embedded into Canvas courses. Contact your subject librarian for more information on any instruction related questions. 

Library resources and services that can be integrated into online learning through Canvas have been fully documented and that information is available on the Center for the Advancement of Teaching website.

Additional access to materials

Physical materials from our collections will not be available while we are closed other than on an emergency basis. To place an emergency request, please contact the Dean of Libraries via email (joe.lucia@temple.edu) and describe the nature of your needs.

To access journal articles through Google Scholar, follow our instructions to automatically connect Google Scholar search results to Temple’s licensed digital content. You do need to be signed into your Temple account to download full article PDFs. If you are signed into your Temple email, that sign-on will already be in place when you access Google Scholar.

Identify affordable course materials and open textbooks

Students may be experiencing greater financial stress than usual during this time. Consider online resources and tools that are—and will continue to be—free to you and your students during and following the semester. 

  • Explore the online resources already in the Libraries’ collection, including ebooks, ejournals, streaming video, and more. Contact your subject librarian who can check on the resource license as not all of our ebooks are available for multiuser simultaneous usage. Your subject librarian may also be able to purchase online resources, such as textbooks and streaming video, for remote instruction.

  • Explore the breadth of no-cost digital teaching and learning resources that integrate easily into your remote instruction. Open Educational Resources (OER) are released under open licenses, allowing for no-cost access to quality materials and permitting modifications to meet your specific needs. New to OER? Learn how and why some Temple faculty have used OER in their past courses. Discover OER in your subject area by reaching out to your subject librarian or by checking out Discovering Open Educational Resources for tips on finding OER.

You may receive offers from textbook publishers and providers offering you and your students free access to digital textbooks for a limited time, typically through the end of the semester. While these offers may be helpful in the short term, please be aware of some drawbacks to creating faculty and student accounts on these systems. See this helpful blog post concerning these temporary free offers. There may be other options beyond these limited offers. Contact your subject librarian to make sure you are working with the most options possible.

Have additional questions? There are many ways to contact us: