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Pictures for Presentations & Courses

Pictures can make a presentation or course come alive.  So how can you find pictures that are copyright-safe and freely available?

One strategy is to use pictures in the public domain or creative commons.  Public domain images are out of copyright and have no restrictions about how they can be used.  Creative commons images can be used in accordance with their creative commons license.

Popular websites for public domain images include the PublicDomainArchive and pixabay.

The Creative Commons Search is your portal to creative commons licensed images on popular websites like YouTube, Flickr, Google Images, Europeana, and Jamendo.

Publishing Your Work

You’ve finished the work, and you’re proud of it (as you should be!). But then you begin to wonder: now how do I get this thing published?

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your work through revision, focus on the craft of writing, learn the ins and outs of academic publishing, or focus on online writing, the UI&U Library has you covered. Below is a sample selection of titles to help you polish–and perhaps even publish–your work. For further assistance in accessing similar titles, please feel free to contact us.

Academic Publishing

From Dissertation to Book by Germano

The academic writer’s toolkit by Berger

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books by Germano

Writing for Academic Journals by Murray

The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing by Rocco

View Academic Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

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Mainstream Publishing

Indie Design: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book edited by Lupton

Book Publishing Encyclopedia: Tips & Resources for Authors and Publishers by Poynter

The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them by Hill and Power

Publishing Confidential: The Insider’s Guide to What it Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal by Brown

View Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

Stay Current with Journals in your Field

Reading the top journals in your field is a great way to stay up-to-date, and the UI&U Library is full of free, peer-reviewed journals!

Popular journals in the library’s collection include: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Signs, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Human Lactation, Police Chief, Research on Social Work Practice, and the American Political Science Review.

Your librarians are ready to help you find the right journals for you, and to set-up alerts so new issues are delivered straight to your inbox!  There is also a journals alert tutorial in the Library Help Center.

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Open-Access Textbooks

The UI&U Library has added the SUNY Open Textbook collection to OneSearch.

“Open SUNY Textbooks is an open-access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York (SUNY) libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. All EDS customers may search Open SUNY Textbooks in EDS and access free full text on the SUNY platform” -EBSCO

This is a small collection of 25 titles right now; you can view them all here: The full text custom link will take our patrons to the Open SUNY website where they can download the book. All of the items in this collection are listed as ebooks in EBSCO. You can choose Open SUNY as a database/content provider limiter.

Open Access Textbooks are also available at:OPEN SUNY Textbooks logo

Dissertation, Thesis & Supervision

Congratulations!  You are nearing the end of your academic journey! Now comes the final challenge…writing your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The UI&U Library has many resources that will help you to plan, research and create your culminating work. Faculty supervisors, we’ve also included a few titles for you.  Your UI&U Librarians have highlighted some favorites, but there are many more theses and dissertation handbooks in OneSearch.

We welcome any suggestions from students and faculty about other ebooks that would help to improve our collection, so please let us know of any helpful and interesting titles!

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How to Write a Thesis (Masters) How to Write a Thesis provides an invaluable resource to help students consider, plan and write their theses. The third edition of this best-selling and well loved book builds on the success of the second edition. –Publisher’s description

How to Write a Thesis (Doctoral) By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis — from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English… -Publisher’s Description

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation (Doctoral) Dissertations aren’t walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors’ successful work at the Denver-based Scholars’ Retreat. –Publisher’s description

Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors (Doctoral) The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. Written with good cheer and jammed with information, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print. This edition features new tips and planning tables to facilitate project scheduling, and a new foreword by Sandford G. Thatcher, Director of Penn State University Press. –Publisher’s description

Understanding Supervision and the PhD (Faculty) Explores the experience of supervision and the PhD, drawing on a range of key viewpoints to further understanding of this complex educational experience. –Publisher’s description

Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses (Faculty) Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses is a practical, research-backed guide to creating a course that is valuable for both the student and the school. The book covers the design, administration, and teaching of capstone courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum, guiding departments seeking to add a capstone course, and allowing those who have one to compare it to others in the discipline. The ideas presented in the book are supported by regional and national surveys that help the reader understand what’s common, what’s exceptional, what works, and what doesn’t within capstone courses. -Publisher’s description

Additional Supervision Resources


Online Teaching Ebooks

Engaging students online can be challenging.  But these challenges also create opportunities to teach with new approaches.  The library has compiled a selected bibliography of online teaching and pedagogy e-books.  If you have a favorite title you would like to see on this list, please let us know.

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Adams, D. M., & Hamm, M. (2006).  Media and Literacy:  Learning in the Information Age– Issues, Ideas, and Teaching Strategies. Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas. Permalink:


Amador, J. A., & Torrens, K. M. (2012).  Taking Your Course Online:  An Interdisciplinary Journey. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing. Permalink:


Bach, S., Haynes, P., & Smith, J. L. (2007).  Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Maidenhead, Berkshire, England: McGraw-Hill Education. Permalink:


Barkley, E. F. (2010). Student Engagement Techniques : A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  Permalink:


Bender, T. (2012).  Discussion-Based Online Teaching to Enhance Student Learning:  Theory, Practice and Assessment (2). Sterling, US: Stylus Publishing. Permalink:


Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. (2010).  The Online Teaching Survival Guide:  Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips (1). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Bollden, Karin.  (2015). Online Teaching Practices:  Sociomaterial Matters in Higher Education Settings. Linköping, SE: Linköping University Electronic Press. Permalink:


Brabazon, T. (2007). The University of Google:  Education in the (Post) Information Age. Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Routledge. Permalink:


Braun, C. C. (2014). Cultivating Ecologies for Digital Media Work:  The Case of English Studies. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. Permalink:


Burge, E. J., & Society for Research into Higher, E. (2007). Flexible Higher Education:  International Pioneers Reflect. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Permalink:


Cameron, D., Carroll, J., & Anderson, M. (2009). Drama Education with Digital Technology. London: Continuum. Permalink:


Cook, K. C., & Grant-Davie, K. (Eds.). (2005). Online Education: Global Questions, Local answers. Baywood Publishing Company. Permalink:


Cook, K. C., & Grant-Davie, K. (2013). Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication. Amityville, N.Y: Baywood Pub. Co.  Permalink:


DiPadova, L. N., Donnelli Sallee, E., & Dailey-Hebert, A. (2008). Service-eLearning:  Educating for Citizenship. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Permalink:


Dunn, D. (2011). Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning:  Connecting to Psychology and the Social Sciences. New York: Oxford University Press. Permalink:


Fulgham, S., & Shaughnessy, M. F. (2010). Pedagogical Models:  the Discipline of Online Teaching. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Permalink:


Glazer, F. S. (Ed.). (2012). Blended Learning:  Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy. Sterling, US: Stylus Publishing. Permalink:


Guri-Rozenblit, S. (2009). Digital Technologies in Higher Education:  Sweeping Expectations and Actual Effects. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Permalink:


Henderson, G., & Smith-Nash, S. (2007). Excellence in College Teaching and Learning:  Classroom and Online Instruction. Springfield: Charles C Thomas. Permalink:


Hernández, R., & Rankin, P. (2015). Higher Education and Second Language Learning: Promoting Self-Directed Learning in New Technological and Educational Contexts. Permalink:


Jeschofnig, L., & Jeschofnig, P. (2011). Teaching Lab Science Courses Online:  Resources for Best Practices, Tools, and Technology. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Kayalis, T., & Natsina, A. (2010). Teaching Literature at a Distance:  Open, Online and Blended Learning. London: Continuum. Permalink:


Ko, Susan, and Rossen, Steve. (2010). Teaching Online:  A Practical Guide. Florence, US: Routledge. Permalink:


Lee, Mark J.W., et al. (2016).  Learning in Virtual Worlds:  Research and Applications.  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada : AU Press. Permalink (Open Access resource):


Lehman, R. M., & Conceição, S. C. O. (2010). Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching:  How to “Be There” for Distance Learners (1). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Lloyd, L. (2005). Best Technology Practices in Higher Education. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc. Permalink:


MacDonald, J. (2008). Blended Learning and Online Tutoring:  Planning Learner Support and Activity Design. Aldershot: Gower. Permalink:


Miller, M. D. (2014). Minds Online:  Teaching Effectively with Technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. Permalink:


Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2008). Assessing the Online Learner:  Resources and Strategies for Faculty (1). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2009). Building Online Learning Communities:  Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (2). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2013). Lessons from the Virtual Classroom:  The Realities of Online Teaching (2). Somerset, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Savin-Baden, M. (2010).  A Practical Guide to Using Second Life in Higher Education. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Permalink:


Shank, John D.  (2013). Interactive Open Educational Resources:  A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching (1). Somerset, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Shaw, L., & Kennepohl, D. K. (2010).  Accessible Elements:  Teaching Science Online and at a Distance. Edmonton: Athabasca University Governing Council. Permalink:


Stavredes, Tina. Effective Online Teaching:  Foundations and Strategies for Student Success (1). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Permalink:


Strom, P., & Strom, R. D. (2014). Adolescents in the Internet Age:  Teaching and Learning from Them. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Permalink:


Trentin, G., & Repetto, M. (2011). Faculty Training for Web Enhanced Learning. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Permalink:


Vaughan, N. D., Cleveland-Innes, M., & Garrison, D. R. (2013). Teaching in Blended Learning Environments:  Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry. Edmonton: AU Press. Permalink:


Wankel, Charles, ed. (2010).  Cutting-Edge Social Media Approaches to Business Education:  Teaching with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, and Blogs. Greenwich, US: Information Age. Permalink:


Wankel, C., Blessinger, P., & Ebook, L. (2013). Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in E-learning Environments:  Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies. Bingley, England: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Permalink:


Wankel, L. A., Wankel, C., & Blessinger, P. (2013). Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Multimedia Technologies:  Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling. Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.  Permalink:


Whithaus, C., & Bowen, T. (2013). Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press.  Permalink:

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top source for news in post-secondary education. It brings you news stories of concerning faculty, administration and technology as well as academic news from around the global. You also have access to many blogs devoted to different aspects of the university experience (admissions, scholarly publishing or building and grounds) and also to the forums where you can connect with people involved in higher education around the country and around the world.
Chronicle of Higher Education homepage

The UI&U Library provides access to the Chronicle without the additional step of logging on through our proxy server. Simply go to In the upper right hand corner, click log in. (Don’t subscribe! We’ve done that for you!).  Then create a free account using your Union email.  Please contact a librarian if you have questions or need assistance.

Online App for the Chronicle

From the Chronicle, 2013


Predatory Publishers

Are you planning on publishing?  Then you should be aware that not all academic publishers are reputable.  One helpful tool in avoiding shady publishers is Beall’s List.  Jeffrey Beall is a University of Colorado Librarian who maintains a list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”

Here is Beall’s List of publishers to avoid.

A damaged metal sign with the words Danger and Gevaar and an image of the Jolly Roger
Danger Sign by Jonathan Gill (Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0)

Copyright Self-Assessment Game for Faculty

Confused about copyright? Interested in learning more about the copyright-safe images, videos, and other resources available for your courses?  The library’s Copyright for Online Courses page explains many of the complex issues surrounding copyright.  These issues often pose a challenge for dedicated instructors who want to make their courses interesting using multimedia resources.  We designed the page with the busy professor in mind.  It focuses on the most common issues and questions that can occur in the online course environment.

The copyright page now includes a faculty self-assessment with 14 questions and a drag & drop game faculty can use to sharpen their knowledge about copyright.  Enjoy!

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