Library Information for Faculty

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Library Services

Library Instruction to Suit Your Needs

Whether it's face-to-face, hybrid, or online, librarians are happy to visit your class and provide targeted instruction to help your students learn about information and research skills.

Library instruction is available for small groups or classes and can be scheduled outside regular library hours if necessary. Faculty are encouraged to arrange instructional sessions that are tied to specific class assignments and projects. 

Instruction can be as broad or specific as you like. After a typical library instruction, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of using library resources in academic research
  • Navigate the library website
  • Choose keywords and search for books and journal articles in OneSearch, EBSCO, or other library databases
  • Evaluate information
  • Cite sources according to established styles (APA, MLA, CSE, etc)

If you would like to have a librarian visit your class, please fill out the Request for Library Instruction. The more specific you are about your expectations, the better we can tailor our instruction sessions to suit your needs.

Book a Librarian

Librarians are also available for one-on-one appointments with students. Direct students to Book a Librarian for extra help with research assignments. Have you considered giving extra credit for meeting with a librarian??

Library Research Tutorial in Moodle

Our Library Research Tutorial in Moodle is available to all students. The five lessons can be taken separately or together for a certificate of completion.

Some parts of our library research tutorial can be used independently of the full Moodle course or lesson. These include:

  • Interactive Tour of the Library Website: It takes about three minutes to work through this tour of the library website.
  • Find Books in OneSearch: This three-minute video shows how to find a book in the library and how to request a book from an affiliate library.
  • Find Articles in OneSearch: An interactive tutorial that demonstrates how to find scholarly journal articles using OneSearch, which searches almost all of the library's databases together. It can be done in about eight minutes.
  • How to Read a Journal Article: A four-minute tutorial outlining recommended strategies for reading a shcolarly journal article.

To re-use these tutorials, simply copy the link address and paste it into your class materials. Feel free to use our descriptions, as well.

Online Classes

In addition to the Library Research Tutorial, library services can be integrated into your online course through Moodle. We can host a text or video chat on using the library, moderate a forum discussion, or provide links to library services in your course. We can share links to library databases, articles, or ebooks, embed a library search box in your course, or link to a research guide specific to your course or subject.

Contact the library to begin the conversation about bringing library services to your online course.


The library welcomes displays of student artwork. Please contact the library to schedule a date to showcase your students' work.

Library Resources

Use OneSearch (on the library homepage) to find books, DVDs, articles, and more at Helena College Library and Montana academic libraries. Faculty may borrow materials for four months.

TRAILS - Montana Academic Libraries

trails_logo.pngHelena College Library is a member of TRAILS, a consortium of 17 academic libraries throughout Montana. You can borrow books, DVDs, and other items from any of these libraries by searching for the items in OneSearch, logging in with your HCF#, and submitting a request.

Interlibrary Loan

If you do not find what you are looking for in our collection or the TRAILS libraries, the library can borrow books, videos, and articles from other libraries for your use. Just fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request form and we will notify you when the item has arrived.

Suggest a Purchase

In our effort to provide the best print books, videos, journals, ebooks, articles, etc. for our academic programs, we encourage you to Suggest a Purchase to add to the collection.

We need your expertise to make the library the best it can be!


The library subscribes to over 140 databases that provide access to peer-reviewed journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, videos, images, career and test prep, and more. Search most of these databases together in OneSearch, or find the EBSCOhost suite of databases in the EBSCO Article Quick Search on the library's home page. Access off-campus using your NetID (HCF#) and password.

Subject & Class Research Guides

The library has created a number of Subject & Class Guides to direct students to the most appropriate library resources for a given subject or class (see the Psychology or WRIT101 guides for examples). Most guides contain links to recommended databases, books, and websites, as well as guidance in using library resources and information literacy skills.

Please share these guides with your students, such as via a link in Moodle or on your syllabus.

If you don't see a guide that suits your course, librarians are happy to collaborate with you to create a new guide. Please contact the library if you'd like to do so - the sky's the limit!

Course Reserves

Faculty may place personal or library materials—and some electronic documents—on reserve in the library for short term use by students during a semester. Please fill out the Request to Place an Item on Reserve form and bring it to the library with the item you wish to place on reserve. You may also contact the library with the needed information:

  • Instructor name
  • Course name and number
  • Title of item to be placed on reserve
  • Personal or library item
  • Length of time item will be on the reserve shelf (Fall, Spring or summer semester or date range)
  • Length of checkout (2 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, 1 week)
  • In library use only or can be taken home

Popular Reading

We have a collection of new and popular fiction available in our leisure reading collection. Don't see what you like to read? Suggest a purchase so we can add it to the collection or request it for you.

Print Journals

For any journal we receive in print format, we will gladly route each new issue to your mailbox. Contact the library to see a list of journals we subscribe to.  Faculty are consulted for subscription requests in the spring semester.

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