LibGuides and Embedded Librarians

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Welcome to LibGuides by George Fox Librarians!  Faculty teaching courses with a research component, either online or face-to-face with a library instruction session, may request that a course-specific library guide be created.

What are LibGuides?

Course LibGuides are online guides designed to assist students with their library research. Tailored to help students locate high-quality information for their course-specific research assignments, the librarian-created guides lead students to relevant resources and instructions on tasks such as:

  • identifying and obtaining books
  • searching databases for scholarly journal articles
  • requesting  materials from other institutions
  • getting help from a librarian via email, chat, phone or texting

The guides will help with information literacy skills, such as narrowing topics, selecting good resources, choosing search terms, and finding books and articles.

Each guide has a subject-specialist librarian embedded in it, allowing students to easily get assistance with their research.


Two examples of George Fox Course LibGuides:


How do LibGuides work with Foxtale?

Libguide widget in Foxtale

Once a librarian has created a course research guide, a new resource widget containing the course research guide will automatically be added to the corresponding Foxtale course site

screenshot of connection between Foxtale Course and Libguide

This screenshot shows how the resource widget appears in a FoxTale course (will vary by themes/colors).

Clicking the "Guide to Course Research" button takes students to the course-specific BIBL 100 guide.

How can I request a LibGuide and Embedded Librarian for my course?

To request a guide and embedded librarian, please contact your subject liaison librarian or contact the research help desk at 503.554.2419 or  A librarian will get back to you.

A key feature of every course guide is the strong personal presence of a librarian. Essentially, the librarian is virtually "embedded" within the guide.  Students can easily get assistance with their research by contacting the librarian by chat, phone, email or in-person. 

Note: A minimum of four weeks notice is normally required for librarians to plan for a course guide.

Your librarian will notify you that your course guide is ready.  Your course guide should automatically appear in your FoxTale course site.

FoxTale Questions: IT service desk will be happy to assist — 503.554.2569 or email