Course Pages - Information for Faculty


What are library course pages? 
What are the library's CORE course pages?
Why have your students consult a library course page?
Do I use a Course Page, Angel, or both?
Can I see sample course pages?
These and other questions are answered below.


Library Course Pages

A library course page on the library website is ideal for having links to readings and resources available to students to be accessed at any time, on or off-campus, in an organized fashion and kept up-to-date for your course through faculty and librarian collaboration.

A course page can be a single page listing linked resources or a set of pages providing detailed information, hands-on practice opportunities using library resources, and other library instructional documents.

Library course pages are an excellent option if you have:

  • Readings you wish your students to have that are not copyrighted or articles from databases that can be viewed full-text online and linked from a course page
  • Organized list of readings and/or resources
  • Organized web page of readings, resources, tools, and tutorials linked or developed by a librarian
  • Online bibliography of resources for a core seminar section, course, or set of courses
  • Online annotated bibliography of resources for a core seminar section, course, or set of courses
  • No need for a course-specific login for your students

Library course pages are created by librarians in collaboration with faculty.

Library course pages can provide support for traditional courses designed otherwise to be strictly in the classroom, face-to-face; hybrid courses with an online Angel component; and distance learning courses.

Course page creation and maintenance can involve continual librarian review of potential new library resources for consideration of inclusion in any course page, per faculty request. With the exception of the core seminar, course pages provide light to medium support for courses.

To request a course page, contact Reference & Instruction Services at 251-4585 or

The Library's CORE Course Pages

The Library's CORE Course Pages are a more substantive series of web pages designed for CORE 179, 279, 379, and 479 with readings, interactive media, tutorials, and self-assessment tools. The Library's CORE Course Pages were developed working with the Core Curriculum Committee and are based on the original KSDs for the CORE seminars.

The Library's CORE Course Pages are designed so that students build upon the skills and knowledge gained in each seminar; each seminar's course pages builds upon the previous. View the document Core Seminar Course Pages: A Tiered Approach to Information Literacy for more information.  More detailed information is available for each set of CORE seminar course pages as follows:

CORE179 Pages CORE279 Pages CORE379 Pages CORE479 Pages
Learning Outcomes  Learning  Outcomes  Learning Outcomes  Learning Outcomes 
Relevant Seminar KSDs  Relevant Sem. KSDs  Relevant Sem. KSDs  Relevant Sem. KSDs 
Student Guide  Student Guide  Student Guide  Student Guide 

Why Use Library Course Pages?

Are you asking your students to do any kind of research? Will your students be working with any information resource or search tool in any capacity?

Library course pages can help ensure that your students have all the resources and support they need to complete your assignments.

Library course pages are meant to offer support for Angel courses, hybrid courses, and traditional courses. The library course pages are, of course, not meant to be an alternative or replacement for Angel.

A Library course page can be a single page listing linked resources or a set of pages providing detailed information, hands-on practice opportunities using library resources, and other library instructional documents.

Support, Content, Resources, Connectivity

Librarian Support:

  • Understanding of which skill sets and resource knowledge students most often lack
  • Understanding of prerequisite information and library skills needed for completion of assignments
  • Knowledge of ODU Library's latest resources
  • Knowledge of the latest updates to databases and other tools your students will use
  • Knowledge of discipline-specific resources in and beyond the library
  • Expertise in search strategy and information management necessary for effective research 

Customized Content:

  • Librarians can provide links to library resources and services students will need for your course  
  • Librarians can add guides and tips to help students navigate these resources for your assignments 

Resources Where You & Your Students Need Them:

  • Links to help students find relevant library resources & course reserves fast  
  • Tips to help students effectively use resources and search tools 


  • Immediate access to library resources
  • Online access from the course pages to the Reference Desk and other library services
  • Connections to other ODU resources most often used in courses

Course Page or Angel or Both?

Angel provides comprehensive learning management system features for a full range of online support of a course, from light to heavy support. Angel offers by far the most options available. Angel is used to store any document that could be digitized for a course. If an instructor is unable to digitize it, staff members of the Center for Instruction Technology and eLearning (CITe) are happy to do it for him or her.

For example, faculty can use Angel as an online environment for any of the following:

  • Faculty-created items such as syllabi, lessons, and more
  • Student assignments
  • Uploading PDFs
  • Faculty-student communications
  • Online interactivity
  • User groups
  • Video and audio
  • Online gradebook

Angel course shells are created by faculty; assistance of an Instructional Designer from CITe is available.

Librarians can be involved in collaboration with faculty to create resource pages within Angel or online tutorials or other learning objects to drop into Angel course shells.

Additionally, if a faculty member chooses Angel as the online foundation for his/her course, the individual can link to a Course Page.

For more information or assistance, please contact: Center for Instructional Technology & eLearning at

Sample Course Pages

There are currently 3 kinds of coures pages:

  1. Course Readings - Single web page of links to online readings & library resources (view example)  
  2. Course Pages - Single web page of links to online readings, library resources, & additional documents related to a course (view example)  
  3. Course Pages - Multiple web pages with librarian-created readings, online activities, links, & library documents. (view example) 

Page last modified: 4 January 2013 | ODU Library Reference & Instruction Services 

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