Faculty


a. Information Literacy

The James White Library promotes Information Literacy programs through course-related instruction and workshops. Tours, search strategy development, evaluating web sites and other sources, and instruction on specific databases can be tailored to a specific class. See https://www.andrews.edu/library/RefDesk/Infolit/infolit.html for more information. CREDO’s Instruct:  Is a suite of information literacy e-learning modules that provides tools for libraries to conduct formalized ACRL and AAC&U-aligned instruction, both in-person and online. Faculty can upload any of its videos, tutorials, exercises, and quizzes to their class LearningHub.

(See https://andrews.credocourseware.com/courses/course-v1:Andrews-University+IL+2019/course/

b. Request an instruction session

The library offers library instruction for your classes. Use the Library Instruction Request Form to request library instruction session for your class, or contact the Instruction Librarian, Silas Marques by email (silas@andrews.edu), phone 269-471-6263, with the date, time and menu option. ( See https://libguides.andrews.edu/c.php?g=913928). Together with your liaison librarian they will design a class session that meets your students’ needs.  Submit requests not less than one week in advance. Include course name and number and the number of students who will be attending. It is also helpful to provide the librarian with a copy of the assignment the students will be working on.
c. Research appointments for your students
Use the Library Consultation Request Form to schedule an appointment to discuss your research with your college librarian.


a. Place Items on Reserve

Faculty may place textbooks or other supplemental readings on Reserve to allow students maximum access to course-specific materials. Reserve materials may be from the library's collection or may be the instructor's personal copies. Such materials may include books, articles, videos, recordings, etc. Personal or departmental copies may be brought to the Circulations desk where items will be placed on reserve. Staff will retrieve library copies from the stacks, please ensure that the call numbers are complete and correct on your request form. 

Loan periods are: one, two, three or four hours; one or two days; or one week. To ensure that materials are ready for your students for the first week of class, please complete and submit the Course Reserve Request Form at least two weeks before the beginning of the semester. The Patron Services Department also keeps a list of reserve items at the main circulation desk for student access.

All reserve materials will comply with the U.S. copyright law as stated in the Course Reserves Copyright Policies.

b. Recommend a Purchase

The library accepts requests from students and faculty. To recommend an item for purchase, please complete the Recommend a Resource Form.  Faculty should indicate their name and department so that the appropriate library fund may be charged. When making a request, please send a marked copy of the publisher's flyer or catalog to the library. All book orders must be processed by the library’s ordering department.


a. Digital Commons

This is the Andrews University institutional repository platform, a hosted service licensed by Bepress, is used to preserve and feature the scholarly output of faculty and students and special collections. View link

b. Research and Citation Resources

  • Citation Help
  • Endnote
    • EndNote is a software that allows researchers to manage and publish bibliographies, citations, and references. It is available for faculty, staff, and students to download through the James White Library.               
  • NVivo
    • NVivo is an analytics software for qualitative research. It can be used for collecting, organizing, and analyzing content from interviews, focus groups, surveys, etc. NVivo is available for faculty and students (with special permission) to download through the James White Library. Please contact Zorislav Plantak for more information. For tutorials and webinars please visit the Andrews NVivo Education Center.   
  • SPSS
    • SPSS is a statistical analysis software commonly used by the social sciences, health sciences, and marketing. The software is designed to aid researchers in everything from data collection to analysis and reporting. SPSS is available for use on select computers at the James White Library and the ITS Computer Lab. The software may be installed on other computers owned by the university as well (contact Tim Trine).

c. Copyright 

This is a set of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to authors and creators to protect their original works.   The law allows an author or creator to control how their works are copied, distributed, or performed by others. Andrews University faculty, staff, and students are expected to follow copyright law, Title 17 of the United States Code, in all their teaching and research activities. Read the  copyright regulations here.


a. MeLCat

Faculty may borrow books not held at James White Library from the collections of  over 430 academic libraries that are part of MeLCat (Michigan eLibrary Catalog). Before submitting a request, make sure the item is not available in the James White Library catalog. To request such items, complete and submit the request form at: https://elibrary.mel.org/search
The system automatically generates and sends an email to notify you when the material you have requested has been delivered and is ready for pick up at the Circulation desk. If you have questions about your MeLCat item, email ill@andrews.edu. To check the status of your requests, or cancel a MeLCat request, check MyMeLCat

b. Interlibrary Loan

Faculty may request journal articles not held at James White Library, and books not available through MeLCat, from another library using the Interlibrary loan (ILL) service. To request such items, complete and submit the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. 

The request goes by email to the Resource Sharing Office where it is processed. Journal articles are filled electronically and are emailed directly to you. Books and other materials are shipped to the library. You will be notified by email when the material you have requested has been delivered and is ready for pick up at the Circulation desk. If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan, email ill@andrews.edu

c. Visiting and Guest Scholars

The James White Library provides borrowing privileges to Visiting and Guest scholars. Visiting Scholars are affiliated to the University’s academic unit and have full faculty library privileges. Guest Scholars are those who do not have an official affiliation to a department of Andrews University. They may visit the library and have on-site access to services and resources. The Guest Scholars will need to present a current photo ID and a valid university ID of their affiliated institution in person at the main Circulation desk and complete the Guest Scholar Borrowing Application form if they desire to borrow library materials.  For borrowing policies, click here

d. Proxy Borrower

The faculty may designate a student assistant from their department or a secretary to borrow library materials on their behalf, and also request items for them via MeLCat and Interlibrary loan service. Proxies may be able to view items in the faculty member’s account and renew as needed. Faculty members are personally responsible for the items that proxies borrow on their behalf. If you want to use the services of a proxy, complete and submit the Proxy Agreement Request Form. 

e. Reserve a Meeting Room

The James White Library offers free use of meeting rooms for small groups or individuals who need a space to meet on a non-regular basis. This might include, but not limited to, short-term meetings, programs, interview sessions, retreats, short-term use by visiting scholars. All activities should be consistent with the library’s mission. View policy here.