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Go Green with the Paper(less) Classroom: Home

Technology Day January 2015


Work with librarians, including Joann Janosko ( and Theresa McDevitt (  to develop Libguides like this one,  to make paperless access to resources and materials for your classes easy for you and your students.  Explore the use of libguides through this tutorial.

Resurces Related to Paper(less) Classrooms

Session Outline

Library Search Tools to Locate Online Readings and Resources

Use the following tools to locate library resources that students can view online :


IUP E-Content Portal

Google Scholar

Reduce Waste

Tips for anyone:

  • Read on the computer screen rather than printing when it does not negatively impact learning outcomes. (See: The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper vs Screens for a discussion of possible negative impact.

  • Save work on the H drive or a USB flash drive or other method to save rather than printing it out.

  • Print PowerPoint handouts with multiple slides on one page.

  • Create PowerPoint slides with dark text on a light background, which uses less toner.

  • Always 'print preview' to make sure you're only printing pages you need.

  • Recycle paper when it is no longer needed.

  • Scan instead of photocopying. It’s free!

    Stapleton Library provides the following scanners:

    • 1st floor – Overhead scanner located across from the Circulation Desk. Save scan to USB flash drive

    • 1st floor – twelve flatbed scanners in media pods area. Save scan to a USB flash drive or H drive or email to yourself.

    • Ground floor – Micro format scanner. Save to USB flash drive

  • Use Interlibrary Loan Services to order books and scans of articles not owned by IUP at no cost.Interlibrary Loan webpage is:

  • Instead of printing articles from library databases out, email to yourself or save them to your H drive or in EndNote or Zotero (which also assist you in saving the bibliographic information you need to cite them.

For faculty:

  • Suggest that if students do print, that they print double-sided.

  • Save PowerPoint handouts as a PDF to ensure multiple slides are printed per page.

  • Go paperless for class assignments by using D2l Dropbox for assignment submission.

  • Use GradeMark to simplify grading (available in Turnitin through D2L Dropbox to simplify grading. See demo:

  • Use online quizzes  or tests to reduce paper use and simplify grading