Resources for First-Year Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar Instructors

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Resources for Honors First Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (HON 110) Instructors

Welcome Honors FYS instructors!  On this page, you will find everything you need to help your FYS students with library and information literacy resources.

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Beginning in the Fall of 2023, Honors FYS classes will use an information literacy lesson plan or Canvas modules.

To provide more customization, there are now 4 different lesson plan options that you can choose from, corresponding with the steps in the research process:

  1. Inquire & Explore
  2. Evaluate
  3. Identify & Analyze
  4. Cite

The lesson plans, developed by Randall Library faculty experts in information literacy, instructional designers, and veteran FYS instructors, can serve as a replacement to the Canvas modules. You will be delivering this content in your course. We have included information for you, as the instructor, to understand what content should be covered in this lesson, why this is the content we are asking you to cover, and when we recommend you integrate them into your classroom, as the content should help your students with the confidence and skills for their research. While we also encourage you to make this lesson your own, using your own style, the core concepts and learning outcomes should remain the same.

If you prefer to continue using the Canvas modules, these will be updated for Fall 2024, so the link will have changed from previous semesters. If you would like to use the modules in place of or in addition to one of the lesson plans, see below for instructions on how to upload to your Canvas course. There is a “read-me” file in the Canvas content that includes details for instructors.

Questions? Email Brittany O’Neill, Information Literacy Librarian at Randall Library at

What do I (the instructor) have to do?

Below is a breakdown of the steps you must complete in order to integrate the library components into your class. 

If choosing a lesson plan:

  1. Choose one or more of the information literacy lesson plans and schedule it in your course.
  2. Deliver the information literacy lesson
  3. AFTER the students submit their research paper, assign the Reflection.

If choosing the Canvas modules:

  1. Install the modules from the Canvas Commons.
  2. Assign modules #1-3 in Canvas.
  3. AFTER the students submit their research paper, assign module #4 in Canvas.


What are the FYS Library Components?

Icon for Step 1A: Lesson Plan


An instructor-facilitated lesson plan that will take up one class period. For Fall 2024, you now have 4 updated lesson plans to choose from! Each lesson plan includes:

  • Pre-class assignments for students to complete ahead of the session
  • A small group activity with worksheets
  • A large group discussion
  • A mini-lecture
  • A slide deck to accompany the lesson plan
  • An optional homework assignment

The lesson plans cover different aspects of the research process. You should choose at least one lesson plan, but are welcome to choose more than one and take up more than one class period if you wish.

The lesson plan options are:

  • Inquire & Explore: developing research questions, building effective search strategies, and learning to navigate library resources
  • Examine: evaluating information, exploring popular sources, and fact-checking the web (this is the updated version of last year’s lesson plan)
  • Identify & Analyze: exploring scholarly sources, identifying what’s important in a scholarly article, and understanding peer-review
  • Cite: understanding scholarly conversations, practicing citations, and avoiding plagiarism

You can find all of the documents on the IL in HON 110 OneDrive.

IL in HON 110 OneDrive Folder *these are being updated for Fall 2024 - stay tuned!*

Icon for Step 1b: Canvas Modules


HON 110 instructors may choose either the lesson plan or the Canvas modules. We recommend choosing either option A or B, but you are welcome to choose both if you see fit. This series of three modules should take the students approximately 1.5 hours to complete in your Canvas course. After completing the library training modules, students will be able to... These modules provide the student with a powerful foundation of research skills. We recommend that you assign these modules to correspond with the various stages of writing a research paper; suggestions are in the "Read me" file for instructors that is inside the Canvas modules. Jump to How do I install the HON 110 Library Canvas Modules? for instructions on implementing that option. There is no longer face-to-face, librarian-led information literacy instruction for First-Year Seminar. Please refer to the list of supplemental offerings at the bottom of this page for other opportunities to connect your students with the library and librarians.

Icon for Step 2: Research Reflection


A homework assignment (linked below, or Module #4 in the Canvas modules) that asks students to reflect critically on their research process for their final research project. After completing this reflection, students will be cognizant of... We recommend that you assign this reflection after students submit their final research project.


For HON 110 instructors who wish to use the Canvas modules instead of the lesson plan, follow the instructions below. Note: These are being updated for Fall 2024.


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Step-by-Step Directions:

1. Open Canvasclick on "Commons" (in the left-hand navigation), and search for “Randall Library.”

2. Click on the course entitled “HON 110 Randall Library Modules.”

A screenshot of the Canvas Import/Download page

Questions? There is a “read-me” file in the Canvas content that includes details for instructors. You can also talk to Brittany O'Neill, Information Literacy Librarian - don't hesitate to ask questions!   









  • Students will have the opportunity to meet with their liaison librarians at the CSURF & Library Liaison Meet & Greet with the Honors College. Students will undoubtedly work with their liaison librarian and others as they work through interdisciplinary research projects during their academic careers, and making those connections early is vital.
      • Tuesday, October 24th, 2023 12:30-1:45, in the Lumina Theatre
      • Dates for Fall 2024 coming soon!


  • If you would like your students to tour Randall Library, we are providing a script for instructors to guide their students through the spaces, resources, and services that are most relevant to them. There are scripts for both short and extended tours. If you would prefer to have one of our Building Operations staff guide the tour, please complete this form.


Contact Brittany O'Neill, Information Literacy Librarian, at