Resources for English Composition Instructors

icon of an exclamation markDue to renovation and expansion-related building closures, all Randall Library instruction for Summer 2024 will take place virtually or in your classroom. Please contact your liaison librarian to schedule an instruction session or coordinate alternate locations if needed. 

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Librarians can provide information literacy instruction to help you and your students achieve the information literacy goals of the English Composition program.  The following tips and resources are provided to enhance the collaboration between UNCW instructors teaching English Composition courses and librarians at Randall Library. Any questions or suggestions can be sent to the Information Literacy Librarian.

ENG 101

Randall Library offers a series of asynchronous Canvas modules that you can use in your course. You will be able to preview the modules before importing it into your course and will also be able to modify/customize (even remove) them after importing (help importing). 

Import the ENG 101 modules from the Canvas Commons.

If you would like to discuss additional options for integrating information literacy into your course, schedule a consultation with Brittany O’Neill, Information Literacy Librarian.

ENG 103/201

For synchronous (whether online or in-person) sections: choose from one of the options below.


    • Schedule a consultation with Brittany O’Neill, Information Literacy Librarian, to plan best practices for integrating information literacy into your course. This is the preferred option as partnering up allows for more meaningful, relevant learning experiences that are customized to you, your, course, and your students. Examples of what this might look like for your class:
    • Providing videos, tutorials, course guides, or other content for Canvas
    • Suggesting readings, handouts, or in-class activities
    • Co-developing an assignment or lesson plan
    • Collaborating on scaffolding information literacy across your course
    • Because instructional material takes time to create, please schedule a consultation as early as possible, at least 2 weeks before you intend to introduce research in your course. Capacity is limited and requests made on short notice may not be able to be fulfilled.
    • If you a research assignment for your class (or have a draft you’d like to finish designing together!), please follow up your appointment request by sharing it with Brittany O’Neill at to prepare for your meeting.
    • When scheduling, here are some best practices to consider to make the session successful:
      • Complete the scheduling form as early in the semester (or before!) as possible to help ensure that your first choice date is accommodated.
      • Request that the session be held close to the time that students will be working on their research project (essay, paper, etc.).  If the information is not immediately relevant, students may not pay close attention.  Think of the last time you flew... did you pay close attention to those safety directions?
      • Be sure that students fully understand the assignment prior to the instruction session.
      • Be sure that students have selected at least a broad topic prior to the instruction session.
      • Explain to the students why they are having the instruction session.
    • You may hear your students tell you that they have "already been to the library for a session."  Librarians hear that a lot, too!  It might be helpful to explain to students that each session is different and that every session builds upon the one before, much in the same way that ENG 101 students will also take ENG 201. Students cannot possibly learn all information literacy skills in one session.  The content designed for First Year Seminar was designed differently from the content for ENG 101, as was the content for ENG 103/201.  More information about the information literacy program at Randall Library
    • If the link does not work, search for "ENG 103/201 modules - Randall Library."
    • This is a module that you can utilize in your online ENG 103/201 course. You will be able to preview the module before importing it into your course and will also be able to modify/customize it after importing (help importing). 

Optional: Import the "Using Images From the Web" module from the Canvas Commons

  • This is an optional module about using images and other media found on the open web. You may want to consider including it if your course involves a media component (to give your students a refresher).  Note that this module's content is included in the library content for ENG 101.

Optional: Import the "MLA Crash Course 9th edition" module from the Canvas Commons

  • This is an optional module that provides training on MLA 9th edition, a practice exam, and a graded exam. 

Optional: Share a link to the Composition research guide.

  • To aid students in their research, we have created a step-by-step research guide full of tutorials, tips/tricks, relevant databases, and more. Encourage your students to take advantage of this new resource!

Optional: Encourage your students to attend Research Drop-Ins.

  • These are dedicated office hours for Composition students to ask questions, get support, or get ahead in their research at any stage in the process. These are held throughout the semester. Please consider encouraging your students to drop in for a consultation! You may offer this for extra credit, but please do not require attendance as capacity will be limited.


The following websites offer additional guidance on creating assignments and/or information literacy:

Creating Assignments

Information Literacy


Brittany O'Neill
Information Literacy Librarian