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Services for SEAS Faculty provided by the Engineering Library

To Support your Teaching:

To support student learning, the Engineering Library can
  • Make presentations to your classes about information resources and strategies that can help them complete course assignments, senior design projects, etc.

  • Create web-based resource pages to assist with research and completion of assignments.

  • Incorporate information literacy and lifelong learning competencies into your course and assignments.

  • Guide students on how to find peer-reviewed research results, and evaluate information.

  • Offer discipline-specific orientations to new graduate students; Monthly seminar series Opportuni-Tea!

  • Offer Workshops targeted to the Penn sci-tech researcher

Blackboard, Canvas, Course reserves and Scanning
  • Request a Blackboard or Canvas site be set up for your course

  • For assistance with Blackboard and/or Canvas contact our Courseware Support Librarians at Additional information may be found on our Courseware Support site

  • Electronic reserve materials (journal articles, book excerpts, problem set solutions, etc.) can be scanned and uploaded to your Blackboard (or non-Blackboard) course web site. Contact Doug McGee, Head of the Engineering Library (898-8170, for assistance.

  • Put books and other materials on reserve for your students. We'll order books if Penn Library doesn't own them. Contact Eri Mizukane, Library Service Assistant (898-7266, for assistance.

To Support Your Research:

E-Resources Explore our digital databases, e-journals, e-books, e-reference works, and more. Overview or Full Listing

FacultyEXPRESS Use the new FacultyEXPRESS to obtain books, journal and conference articles OR
simply e-mail the citations to and we'll take care of getting them to you.

Suggest books, journals, and other information resources for the Penn Library Collection, or simply e-mail Doug McGee with suggestions specifically for the Engineering Library

PennAlerts Journal Table of Contents Service

  • You are alerted to tables of contents in new issues of your favorite journals
  • SEAS faculty can then order particular articles of interest, which are delivered to your desktop
Franklin is the Penn library system's online catalog, and New Books Plus allows you to virtually peruse new books received, either by subject area or by campus library

BorrowDirect+ offers "expedited interlibrary loan" services by letting you search a combined catalog and directly request books not currently available at Penn; most books arrive within 3-5 working days

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. Please contact Doug McGee, Asst. Dir. for Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries at (215) 898-8170, to set up an appointment.

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

Douglas McGee
Assistant Director for Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries
217 Towne
Phone: 215-898-8170