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Services for Math/Physics/Astronomy Faculty Provided by the Library

To Support your Teaching:

Canvas course management software is hosted by the Penn Library
  • Request a Canvas site be set up for your course
  • Attend workshops and office hours to learn more about Canvas
  • Electronic reserve materials (journal articles, book excerpts, problem set solutions, etc.) can be scanned and uploaded to your Canvas (or non-Canvas) course web site. Contact Linda Laws, Library Service Assistant (215-898-8173, or Lauren Gala, Math/Physics/Astronomy Librarian (215-746-0228, for assistance.
To support student learning, the Library can
  • Make presentations to your classes about what information resources and strategies can help them complete course assignments, research projects, etc.
  • Create web-based resource pages to assist with research and completion of assignments (these, too, can be linked into a course web site)
  • Incorporate information literacy/lifelong learning competencies into your course and assignments
  • Guide students on how to find peer-reviewed research results, and evaluate information
  • Assist with preventing and detecting plagiarism
  • Offer discipline-specific orientations to new graduate students
  • Scan course materials, readings, problem set solutions, etc., and upload to your course web site
  • Put books and other materials on reserve for your students--we'll order books if Penn Library doesn't own them. Contact Linda Laws, Library Service Assistant (215-898-8173, or Lauren Gala, Math/Physics/Astronomy Librarian (215-746-0228, for assistance.

To Support Your Research:

Electronic Information Resources Explore our Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy digital databases, e-journals, e-books, e-reference works, and more. Full Listing

FacultyEXPRESS delivers requested materials electronically or to your departmental office, for all standing faculty.

New Books Plus allows you to virtually peruse new books received, either by subject area or by campus library

Penn Library Delivers Items from other campus libraries are delivered to the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library for your convenient pick-up

Workshops targeted to the Penn sci-tech researcher, the Science & Engineering Libraries offer learning sessions for a variety of databases and other electronic products

BorrowDirect and EZBorrow are "expedited interlibrary loan" services; most books arrive within 4 working days.

Interlibrary Loan If you need a book or journal article that neither Penn nor any of its Borrow Direct partners owns, the Library's Interlibrary Loan department will be happy to help you obtain it in a timely fashion.

Need Proxy Borrowers? Up to 5 Penn people can be designated as proxy borrowers for you. See the Faculty Proxy Borrower Registration form for details

One-on-one personalized research consultations/orientations in your office or at the library. Contact Lauren Gala, Math/Physics/Astronomy Librarian (215-746-0228, for assistance.

YOUR INPUT IS WELCOMED! For more information or to suggest any new services or resources, please contact:

Lauren Gala - Science and Digital Initiatives Librarian - Math/Physics/Astronomy Library
Phone: 215-746-0228