Resources for First Year Seminar (UNI 101 and HON 110) INSTRUCTORS

You can also additiional information on the Library page in the First Year Seminar Microsft Team.

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

Beginning in the Spring of 2020, the various links that you would provide to your First Year Seminar students for the library session (BUILD, library tour, research reflection, etc.) have all been consolidated into a series of four Canvas modules. The content has also been reduced/streamlined - the modules will take your students less time to complete than the old BUILD website. 

This new format will allow you to break up the information literacy training over the course as best suits your needs. Also, the quiz has been converted to a Canvas quiz, so you no longer have to track the email submissions from your students. Please note that the “research reflection,” however, will still be submitted to you via email.

Questions? Installation instructions are below. There is a “read-me” file in the Canvas content that includes details for instructors. You can also talk to Eva Sclippa, First Year Engagement Librarian at sclippae [at]

What do I (the instructor) have to do?

Below is a breakdown of the 4 easy steps you must complete in order to integrate the library components into your class. 

no f2f sessions in fall 2020
2020-21: No face-to-face library session will be offered


Install modules
Install the UNI 101 or HON 110 Randall Library Modules from the Canvas Commons  (see instructions below) 

Assign modules
Have students complete FYS Randall Library Modules #1-3 in Canvas
assign reflection
AFTER the students submit their research paper, assign the Reflection (Module #4 in Canvas)


What are the three UNI 101 Library Components?

1) Library modules (steps 2 & 3 above)

A series of three modules that 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...

  1. recognize what type of source an item is by format (e.g. article, book chapter), type (primary, secondary, tertiary), and quality (scholarly, popular).
  2. identify strong research questions and plan a research strategy.
  3. evaluate the quality of information locate the full text of electronic articles and print books in Randall Library.
  4. apply the basic principles of plagiarism and copyright.

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. 

2) Face-to-face library session (step 1 above)

Face-to-face library sessions for UNI 101 have been cancelled for 2020-1.

3) Library assignment: Research reflection (step 4 above)

A homework assignment ("Randall Library Module 4" in Canvas) that asks students to reflect critically on their research process for their "Major and Career Research." After completing this reflection, students will be cognizant of...

  • which search tools, search strategies, and types of sources they used and why.
  • how the information they found was used in their project.
  • how they would change their research process in the future.

We recommend that you assign this reflection after students submit their research assignment for your course.


How do I install the First Year Seminar Library Modules in Canvas?

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Step-by-Step Directions:

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

2. Click on the course entitled “UNI 101 Randall Library Modules" OR "HON 110 Randall Library Modules" (as applicable to your course).

download module

3. Click on “Import/Download” and then select the section into which you want to import the module.

import a module

Questions? There is a “read-me” file in the Canvas content that includes details for instructors. You can also talk to Eva Sclippa, First Year Engagement Librarian... don't hesitate to ask questions!   


Supplemental Library Engagement Offerings

In 2020-1,we are offering a menu of optional but encouraged additional library engagement opportunities. These activities are designed to supplement our modules in a way that is flexible and targeted towards individual course and instructor needs. You can request one (or more!) of these offerings at any point during the semester using this form. Please request at least one week in advance to allow for planning and collaboration with the librarian. Our supplemental offerings for this semester are:


Mini virtual talks

  • A librarian will speak to your class for up to 15 minutes on a specific topic. As these are intended to be short supplements, we recommend choosing fairly narrow topics. For instance, the librarian could introduce your class to a certain subject-specific database that is relevant for your students, introduce them to a citation management tool, demonstrate a selection of Boolean searching techniques, or just drop in to introduce themselves.


"Ask Your Librarian" Canvas discussion board

  • A discussion board will be set up in your Canvas course, where students can ask the librarian any questions they may have about their research in your class or about library services and skills in general.


Regular drop-in Canvas chat hours

  • You and your librarian work to schedule a recurring time when the librarian will have “office hours” in your course’s Canvas chat function. Students can drop in during those hours to ask them research or library services questions.


Librarian feedback on student drafts

  • Your librarian can take a look at student work in the draft phase to give students feedback on whether or not their sources are peer-reviewed or appropriately informative, as well as where to find more peer-reviewed, scholarly, or high quality sources. (Please note that we will not be providing citation checking as part of this service.)


Virtual library skills escape room

  • A remote version of our portable in person breakouts, this puzzle game will challenge students to successfully complete a choose-your-own-adventure style virtual escape room using library tools and resources. Like our in person breakouts, this game will give students hands-on experience with library tools, services, and skills that are not as fully covered in the required modules.
  • Access the virtual escape room here. For more information, guidance, and best practices, please see our educator's guide (PDF).


Digital makerspace

  • Request a synchronous software instruction session. Examples include: video projects using Adobe Premiere, audio projects/podcasts using Audacity, and digital visual projects using Canva.  Request a DMS instruction session.


Plagiarism tutorial



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