The Library Services widget is included as a default for each course homepage. The widget allows students to chat with library and student computing support staff at the Access & Instruction Desk, get answers from our knowledgebase, browse through library research guides, access library quick links, and contact library staff for additional assistance.
to view the Student Library Services
available with this widget.
Research Guides offer starting points for your research, such as what databases to search for the journal articles that you need for your paper, what reference sources to use to find background information for your topic, etc.
Step 1: Create a new widget (or box) for the homepage
Step 2: Create a new homepage (this step is only required if you are using the default homepage. If another homepage has been activated, select the desired homepage and follow steps 5-8 and click on your course homepage to see the changes you have made.
TLT has created a number of self-paced video tutorials on how to use OAKS. Each tool has been broken up into 5-10 minute videos. To access these video and text-based tutorials visit the OAKS Support blog!
If you need assistance using OAKS, please contact your Instructional Technologist for assistance!
Librarians can assist with avoiding plagiarism, topic selection, search techniques for finding books and articles, and critical evaluation of sources. Embedding a librarian in your OAKS course allows an instructor to add a librarian to assist their students with research.
You may embed a librarian in your course in one of two roles. Both roles allow the librarian to participate in the discussion board and to appear on the classlist for easy email access.The librarian cannot see any student work or the course grade book.
Librarian role - Allows students to email their librarian from the classlist. Librarian can create customized widgets for library research guides.
Content Assistant role – In addition to the above, librarian can add content beyond widgets such as links to tutorials and articles.
If a librarian has not been assigned to your class, please use this form to request a librarian to assist in the research aspect(s) of your OAKS course. Once a librarian has been assigned, please follow the steps below to add the librarian to your course.
Questions? Call Burton Callicott, Head of Research & Instruction Services, at (843) 953-0016 or email email@example.com.
At the College of Charleston Libraries, faculty can place course materials on reserve for students online. Materials are available to students at all hours of the day, every day. The library staff will now help faculty upload their existing materials into OAKS and add new materials to OAKS within copyright guidelines.
Notify the Circulation Department via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you would like them to add content to your OAKS course. Please be sure to specify the course number, section and title as OAKS doesn't print the instructor's name. This is all we can see PUBA-663-01 - Arts And Technology - 21882.201120 so we need a name to correctly match the course and section.
Steps for adding the Circulation Department as a content assistant in your Oaks course
If you have materials that you would like assistance with adding to OAKS, please use the following steps to enable the circulation department to assist you in OAKS.
Build Reading Lists (formerly Curriculum Builder) is an External Learning Tool in OAKS that allows an instructor to:
edit and/or reuse your reading list in other courses
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To place links in Oaks to any of the library’s electronic resources, use the permalinks contained in our databases and library catalog. Permalinks contain our proxy server, nuncio.cofc.edu, to prompt students for their My Charleston username and password for off-campus access. Furthermore, permalinks do not include session information which could result in expired links. It is important to use permalinks rather than the url displayed in your browser to ensure student access to electronic resources.
Alternatively, build a Reading List to display links to full text for articles or ebooks directly in OAKS.
OAKS Tutorials for Students (v10.3)
OAKS is the College of Charleston's e-learning portal. It has been upgraded to version 10.3 in May 2014. The Library has created a OAKS 10.3 Student Tutorials Playlist, which provides a single point of access to all the new tutorials. Please feel free to share or embed these tutorials or our playlist in your classes. The tutorials are captioned and fully accessible for your students.
Playlist Embed URL:
Playlist Embed iframe Code:
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gzmEcMLjXBU?list=PLPMd8f8re-v51C0jQ4Nd9wgErUsW79mQp" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Individual Tutorials Individual tutorials are also available on the Library YouTube Channel
The OAKS Overview for Students – Logging in and Course Navigation (v10.3) tutorial contains instructions for logging in to OAKS, a navigation overview, and a brief description of the tools featured in the OAKS version 10.3 upgrade. Topics covered include My Home, My Course pages, and Navigation Bar tools. Information on where to find additional student tutorials on how to use OAKS and resources/contact information for finding assistance when experiencing difficulties with OAKS is also included.
Subsequent tutorials in this playlist include detailed instructions for using the various features and tools in OAKS.