Services for Faculty

The CWI Library is committed to supporting faculty instructional and research goals with content and solutions. Online and in-person library instruction, materials delivery, and built-in library content for your course are just a few things we do.

Don't see what you need here? Look through our extensive Services for Faculty pages, or contact us for more solutions!

Services and Resources

Liaison Librarians

Your liaison librarian is your go-to librarian for information on resources and instruction in your subject area. Have questions, need to know what we have, not sure if we offer a service or can't find something? Not sure who to contact? Check out our Get Help page. 

Library Account

Set up your Library Account using your CWI ID#, then use it to place holds and renew books in our catalog, and to log into our ebooks, databases, and other online resources.

Borrowing and Requesting Materials

CWI faculty and staff receive an extended 4 month checkout period for general collection books. Can't get to the library? We can mail out materials to you and your students. Learn how in this step-by-step PDF on requesting and mailing library materials. Faculty and staff can also request to receive materials at their campus mail stop.

If the Library doesn’t have a book, article, or other needed item, we will either purchase it or obtain a copy through our interlibrary loan network at no cost to you. Just ask!

Have a question about requesting, receiving, or renewing material? Contact us through Get Help!

Textbook Reserves

Make your textbook or other course materials available for students in the library by placing them on textbook reserve - just submit this form. The materials are available any time the library is open and are tracked in our circulation system. 

Faculty Laptops and Headsets

The Library offers laptops on a 4 week checkout period for faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. These laptops include a webcam, Camtasia, and a separate microphone headset.

Services for Students

Do your students need assistance finding and using the library's many resources? Browse our library site, or ask us! Librarians are available for questions and guidance through our Get Help! page. 

We offer assistive technology for students for checkout at both our Nampa and Ada Pintail locations. These are available for students to check out and use in the library or in class as necessary.

Instruction and Assignments

Are you frustrated with the quality of your students' research? Do you want your students to gain information seeking and evaluation skills that will last them a lifetime?

We provide targeted instruction designed to get students finding and using quality information. We are always willing to help integrate information literacy into your coursework and we would love to have a conversation with you about having a library presence in your classroom or within your online course.

CWI Library provides research instruction in support of the College of Western Idaho's Mission and Vision for excellence in learning. Our instruction sessions are offered to all students and faculty at CWI with the goal that our patrons can learn to locate, analyze, and think critically about information. 

In-Person Instruction

Our librarians will work with you to design library instruction and assignments to fit your needs, from general introductions of the library to longer, multi-session collaborations tailored to assignments or courses. Sessions can take place in our Library Instruction Lab adjacent to the Library in the Nampa Multipurpose Campus Building, or in your classroom during your class session. Because we work directly with you to create content, we encourage you to book a session with us as much in advance as possible (2 weeks is preferred). We will do our best to fulfill last-minute requests for instruction.

Past in-class sessions have included:

  • Introduction to the Library: Who, Where, Why?
  • Advanced Database Searching
  • Boolean Operators
  • Subject-Specific Databases
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Refining Your Research Topic

Request a session!

Online Instruction

If you teach online courses but still want your students to experience the Library and use its resources, there are many options from simple to highly involved that we can provide for you and your students!

We can also help you create content, including direct links to articles, databases, and other resources; online activities and assignments to introduce students to the library; and online assistance for students through the library website or Blackboard. 


These are assignments that teach students about specific library and research issues. In addition to these, we are happy to develop assignments or assignment components for specific classes, topics, or subjects.

The Scavenger Hunts have portions you customize for your course content. Answer keys are hosted on the CWID faculty training Blackboard site. Editable electronic versions (as .docx files) reside at our Faculty Guide for CWID.

CWID 101:  Connecting with Ideas

We have a Faculty Guide for CWID with three interconnecting library modules for CWID courses. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about implementing the modules or find materials to use with them - contact us any time.

And finally.....

Our instruction attempts are nothing without YOU! We are working towards library integration with all core classes at CWI and appreciate any feedback and comments that you can give us.  

Course Built-Ins

Improve students' research or make it easy to find course materials! Link directly to ebooks, articles, art collections, films, research guides and all of the great things the library offers. Use our brief instructions below or visit our Creating Content in Blackboard guide for screen shots and detailed instructions. And as always, you can contact your liaison librarian for assistance.

For all our online resources, off campus access requires a login with a MyCWI login.

For off campus access, all links to our library's subscription content (databases, individual articles, anything!) will need our proxy URL in front of them

Article Link

Provide quick access to readings by linking directly to them in Blackboard. For all databases, find the article you want first.

  • Ebsco Databases: Click the article title to view the full text, then click the Permalink button on the right side of the page. Copy the permalink to use in your course page. Students will need to click on "PDF Full Text" to view many articles. **Note that Ebsco permalinks already include the Proxy URL**
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (individual articles within reference books): Do a search on the home screen or in a title and click on the article title. Click the Bookmark link in the top right part of the screen, copy the Bookmark link, and add our proxy URL to the front of it.
  • JSTOR: In your search results, click on the article title. In the publication information underneath the article title, you'll see a Stable URL. Copy that URL and add our proxy URL to the front of it. 
  • ScienceDirect: Click the article title, and copy the doi (digital object identifier) link. Add our proxy URL to the front of it. 
Ebook Links
  • EBL/Ebook Library: Right-click on the Contents button and click Copy Link Location. The link will be copied with the proxy URL already added.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Click the book cover, then click the Bookmark link in the top right of the screen. Copy the Bookmark link and add our proxy URL to the front of it. 
  • eHRAF World Cultures: Click on the Permalink button at the bottom of the page, copy the link, and add our proxy URL to the front of it. Students will need to click on the Body link to the left of the book/document information, then on the chapter or section needed. 
Film Link
  • Films on Demand: Find the film you want, click the Embed button directly under the film box, and use the LMS Link. Add our proxy URL to the front of the link before posting. Want only a segment? Click on the segment on the slider to the right of the screen box and then follow the steps. 
Art Image Link
  • ArtStor: Link to one image by right-clicking on the image thumbnail and selecting Generate Image URL. Copy the URL and be sure to add our proxy URL to the front of it before adding it to Blackboard.

Teaching and Research

The CWI Library supports our faculty members' continuous learning and development process. Professional literature, teaching and education resources, and subject-specific research materials are just a few of the many resources we offer to faculty members.

OER (Open Educational Resources)

Copyright affects faculty members in two ways: fair use of materials for teaching, and your rights as a creator of content, whether syllabi, online courses, teaching tools, or scholarly research. 

News and Research in Higher Education and Community Colleges

To receive an alert when a new issue is available, create a table-of-contents alert in Ebscohost (via YouTube)

To do your own topic search and receive regular updates on it from one or more of our Ebscohost databases, set up a search alert in Ebscohost (via YouTube)