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Teaching Resources -- Sources of Best Practice

The purpose of this guide is to showcase best practice resources and tools available to the Bentley Faculty.

Book a Class

Research Instruction Classes

Research instruction classes are designed to help students develop the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. They can range from a targeted class on subject-specific resources to an overview of constructing successful search strategies. The reference librarians encourage you to integrate library instruction into your classes. We are happy to work with you to design instruction that will meet the specific needs of your class.

Instruction Policies: Classes take place during scheduled class periods in the library's Research Instruction Center. Please allow at least 10 days to schedule a class.

To schedule a research instruction class, please use our Library Instruction Request Form.

Faculty must attend class with their students. By attending, faculty members reinforce the importance of library instruction, and can make connections to larger course goals and themes. Instruction classes are most effective when tied to a particular assignment or project. This increases the class’s relevance and students' retention of the concepts presented.

For more in-depth information about information literacy, please see our Information Literacy and Instruction Online Research Guide. If you have any questions please contact Matthew Van Sleet, Reference Librarian/Research Instruction Coordinator, at 781-891-2311 or You may also contact your departmental library liaison.

Collaborate with a Librarian

Speak with your Subject Liaison

Speak with a Subject Liaison about your assignment or course content. The Bentley Library’s reference librarians provide support to faculty through their work as subject specialists. Faculty are encouraged to contact their liaison for assistance with assignment design or research support. Subject Liaisons can assist you in selecting and navigating the most appropriate research databases for your needs and create library research guides to help your students do the same.

Course Reserves

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Books, media, journal articles, and other materials required for coursework can be placed in the Course Reserve Collection. Placing items on course reserve ensures that all of your students will have access to the material required for assignments in a particular class. There are two types of course reserve collections

  • Physical Reserves - printed material placed on reserve in the library
  • Electronic Reserves - digitized readings posted to a course Blackboard site

You can submit a reserve request using one of the following ways

All submitted requests will undergo a thorough evaluation to determine copyright compliance and must adhere to the Bentley Library Course Reserves Copyright Policy. Please consult the Bentley Library Course Reserves Copyright Policy and the Copyright Information Guide for more information and guidance on copyright law and educational instruction.

For more information on Course Reserves, including policies and procedures for submission, click here. For questions or comments regarding the Course Reserves service, contact the Library Services desk at or 781-891-2168.

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Scan on Demand

Scan on Demand

Bentley's Scan on Demand is a free, electronic document delivery service that enables Faculty to request and obtain digital scans of journal articles and book chapters from the Library’s print collections. Requests are submitted just like an interlibrary loan request. To learn more about this service, visit our Scan on Demand FAQ page or contact us at 781.891.2301 or

Scan on Demand is for research purposes only. For Electronic Reserves scans, please contact Anne Jorgensen, Reserves Librarian at or 781-891-2317 or the Library Services desk at or 781-891-2168. You may also submit your Course Reserve requests online.