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Faculty Services: Support for OAKS

Information about library services available to faculty.

Library Services Widget

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.


Library Services Widget

to view the Student Library Services
available with this widget.

Link to Research Guides

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.

We divide the Research Guides into Subject GuidesCourse GuidesHow-to Guides,Special Topics & Issues.  For more information visit the Research Guides tab of this guide. 

How to Add a Widget to Your OAKS Homepage

Step 1: Create a new widget (or box) for the homepage

  1. From your course page in OAKS click on Management, use the drop down arrow to select "Edit Course"
  2. Select "Widgets"
  3. Click on the "Create Widget" button
  4. Give your new widget a Name, Description, and other options as desired on the tabs.
  5. Select the "Content" tab to create what you wish to appear in the widget box. To embed your LibGuide widget code, click the edit HTML source button (located on the bottom left of the screen). Paste your widget code.
  6. Click the "Save and Close" button on the bottom of the screen.
  7. You should see your new widget on the "Custom Widgets" tab.

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.

  1. Click on Management, use the drop down arrow to select "Edit Course
  2. You can create your own new Homepage or make a copy of the Default Homepage.  Creating a copy is recommended.
  3. Use the drop down arrow to copy the Default Homepage. 
  4. Select "Default Home V10 Copy"
  5. Click the hyperlinked text "Default Home V10 Copy"
  6. A new window will open.  Give the new homepage a Name
  7. Add widgets as desired to each area of the homepage by clicking on the "Add Widgets" button. Select the "Custom Widgets" tab.  Select your Widget by clicking on the checkbox to the left.  Click the "Add" button at the bottom of the window.  Click the "Save and Close" button at the bottom of the screen. 
  8. Under the "Active Homepage" field, use the drop down arrow to select your new homepage.  Click the "Apply" button.
  9. Click on "Course Home" on the Navigation Bar in OAKS to view your new Homepage.

Teaching, Learning & Technology (TLT) OAKS Tutorials

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!

Adding a Librarian into OAKS

Adding a librarian to an OAKS course provides an easy way for students to contact a librarian associated with the course and for the librarian to take part in class OAKS discussions and to add news items. 

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.

  1. From your course page in OAKS click on Communication and use the drop down to select “Classlist
  2. Click "Add Participants".
  3. Select "Add Existing Users".
  4. Under the "Add Existing Users" option use the "Search For" box to search for a librarian’s first name, last name or email (e.g. or Elena Rodriguez). Click the magnifying glass or hit return.
  5. Check the box next to the librarian’s account.
  6. To the right of the librarian’s name, set the role as appropriate to Librarian and choose the appropriate section.
  7. Click the "Enroll Selected Users" button at the bottom of the page to add the librarian to your course.

Questions? Email Elena Rodriguez, Instruction Coordinator, at

Linking to Electronic Library Resources

OAKS Tutorials

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.

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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.

These OAKS student tutorials are also available on the OAKS Support Blog and in our Ask Us! Knowledgebase in the OAKS category!