Faculty/Staff Resources

Library Resources For Faculty

  • Articles: Databases
    • Comprehensive list of article databases available at MU Libraries A-Z and by subject area.
    • MU online databases can provide references (i.e. citations) to articles and, in some cases, full-text articles in a wide range of periodicals, from news magazines and newspapers to scholarly and professional journals.
  • Recommended Article Databases:
    • Academic Search Complete The world’s most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
    • Nexis Uni Nexis Uni™ replaces the former LexisNexis Academic database which is being retired by Lexis-Nexis. Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis®—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.
    • WVInfoDepot WVInfoDepot.org is collection of article databases, WV history information, and career and educational preparation and tutorials provided by the WV Library Commission for all students and residents in WV. Free registration or a password & user name may be required for certain selections.
  • Articles In All Marshall Article Databases: Summon is our unified discovery service allowing the researcher to quickly search, discover and access reliable and credible library content. One simple search provides instant access to all of Marshall Libraries materials in every possible format. See the Summon video.
  • Browse Journals: BrowZine
  • Search Journals: Journals, Magazines or Newspapers
    • search by title, issn, or subject
    • detailed information for all our journals, magazines, and newspapers
    • indicates if the periodical is available online, in print, or in microfilm, and states the years of coverage
    • In most cases, there is a direct link to full-text content, but some vendors don’t provide a link to individual titles. In that case you will need to search that particular database to find articles in a specific periodical.
  • Find, Borrow, Request
  • E-Books & Resources
  • Summon (all databases)
  • Paper & Electronic Books: Online Catalog. Search by author, title, subject, and more. Login to see books you have borrowed.
  • Electronic Books: E-books guide. This is our fastest growing collection.
  • Borrow From Other Libraries:
  • Find Books In All Marshall Libraries Databases: Summon is our unified discovery service allowing the researcher to quickly search, discover and access reliable and credible library content. One simple search provides instant access to all of Marshall Libraries materials in every possible format. See the Summon video.

General Items

  • Paper Books – 1 year (part-time faculty – entire semester)
  • Reference Books – 24 hours
  • Paper Journals – in-library use only
  • Bound Journals – 24 hours (Only Bound Journals circulate (to faculty only). Checkout period is one day – due by 10:30 pm on day following checkout. Bound journal fines are $1 per day)


  • CDs – 7 days, extendable (total limit 6 per checkout)
  • DVDs – 7 days, extendable (total limit 6 per checkout)
  • Videos – 7 days, extendable (total limit 6 per checkout)
  • Microfilm/Microfiche, extendable – in-library only


  • Cameras – 7 days
  • Calculators – 7 days
  • CD Drives – 7 days
  • Laser Pointers – 7 days

Information Delivery Services (IDS)

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) – varies depending on the lending library
  • EZ-Borrow – The check-out period is 84 days (12 weeks) and cannot be renewed. EZ-Borrow books are ordered online from other libraries and sent via UPS to Marshall University for your use. We are bound by the lending library loan periods and must also factor in the USPS 4th class book rate time-table when we return them to avoid overdues.
  • EZ-Borrow book fines are $1 per day.

Other Circulation Services

  • Photocopying – yes
  • Scanning – yes
  • Reserves – yes

See the list of all the borrowing services.

We also encourage you to speak to Angie Strait at 304-696-4356 or email our acquisitions team at acqteam@marshall.edu. If funds are available, we will make every effort to obtain the resources you need to support your research and teaching. You can also use the online purchase request form https://marshall.libwizard.com/f/Purchase-Request-Form.

How To Get Started With Information Literacy

Information Literacy Module

  • We also offer an Information Literacy Course Module (ILCM) developed by Credo Reference. The sections of this course were developed to give users a foundation in information literacy (IL) and critical thinking and are aligned with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Standards, the definitive model for IL.
  • The ILCM consists of 16 sections with over 70 multimedia materials including videos, tutorials, quizzes and pre- and post-tests. These modules can be used individually or as a whole.
  • Faculty – Multimedia materials can be assigned to students for a flipped classroom environment, shown as a part of face-to-face instruction, be assigned for homework or added to online classes. The ILCM also includes discussion notes for each section that outline learning objectives, related ACRL standards, section multimedia, discussion topics, activities, and suggested readings. For additional information or suggestions on how to incorporate the ILCM into your classes please don’t hesitate to contact me.
  • Kelli Johnson, Head of Access Services; johnson28@marshall.edu, 304-696-6567

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL)

  • Drinko Library
  • Morrow Stacks contains two-thirds of the campus book collection in open stacks. Additionally, periodical titles in paper preceding 1996 are located here as well as titles for which we no longer have subscriptions. Circulation policies in the Morrow Stacks are the same as Drinko – yes, you can check out their books with a valid MUID.
  • Government Documents is the second largest depository for federal government documents in the state, this department in the Morrow Library houses a significant amount of materials published and distributed by the federal government.
  • Special Collections is located within the Morrow Library and contains the West Virginia Collection, University Archives, manuscripts, rare books, the Rosanna A. Blake Library and the Dr. Charles Hoffman Library. As with the Morrow Stacks and Government Documents, please check their hours before visiting.
  • South Charleston Campus Library serves Marshall University Graduate College students, faculty, staff and often students from other Marshall University campuses. Located in South Charleston, the Graduate College Library is open to the public. Offering complete access to Marshall University Libraries’ resources, the Graduate College Library is a popular site for those who need computer and Internet access.
  • Library Partner Updates Newsletter
  • New Library Partners: https://www.marshall.edu/library/about/coldev_partners_list/. We reorganized our librarians by matching them to specific colleges or programs, instead of one librarian to one specific department. We think this will work better for you! The library partners program has three functions:
    1. Serve as the contact for library communication.
    2. Work with the Collection Development Librarian to coordinate acquisition and collection development.
    3. Facilitate the purchase request process as well as other departmental library needs or services.
  • New Research Consultation Scheduler: https://marshall.libcal.com/appointments. Please use this new scheduler to schedule consultations with librarians. The Writing Center webpage is no longer being used for scheduling librarian consultations. Just a reminder to make appropriate changes to your syllabi and assignment documents.
  • E-Books: e-books guide. We recently added hundreds of electronic books to our collection.

Librarians Help

  • Ask A Librarian Page Need assistance? Want your students to consult with a librarian to find relevant resources? Here users can interact with us via live chat, email and telephone.
  • Schedule A Research Consultation Schedule a consultation with a librarian for more involved questions and research needs.

Reference Materials

  • Print: The traditional print Reference Collection recently moved to the first floor of Drinko Library (journals and indices are still on the second floor). It contains many print resources that provide useful background information. Many of our Reference resources are now available online.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – a collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources with coverage in major subject areas.
  • Credo Reference – Now offering more than 800 highly regarded reference titles from over 80 publishers, Credo Reference covers every major subject and also provides Topic Pages as a starting point for researchers.
  • CQ Researcher – CQ Researcher is often the first source that librarians recommend when researchers are seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.

Information For New Faculty