Resources for First Year Seminar Instructors


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

NOTE: Updates are forthcoming for the information literacy component of the First-Year and Transfer Seminars, including small changes to this lesson plan for Fall 2023. More information will be shared as we get closer to the start of the semester

Welcome 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 2022, FYS classes will use an information literacy lesson plan. This lesson, developed by Randall Library faculty experts in information literacy, is mandatory for all UNI 101 instructors and one of two options for HON 110 instructors. It replaces both the pre-Spring 2020 face-to-face library instruction session and the more recent Canvas modules. You will be delivering this content in your course. 

We have included information for you, as the instructor, to understand both what content should be covered in this lesson and why this is the content we are asking you to cover. We highly encourage you to schedule this lesson soon after introducing your students to their research paper assignment, 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.

HON 110 instructors only: You are welcome to continue using the Canvas modules if you prefer. You are required to use either the lesson plan or the Canvas modules. These have been updated in Fall 2022, so the link has changed from previous semesters. If you would like to use the modules in place of or in addition to the lesson plan, 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 oneillb [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. 

Step 1 - Do Not Book Library Session

There is no face-to-face instruction component this semester.

Step 2 - Plan - Schedule the Lesson

Schedule the information literacy lesson plan in your course.
HON 110: follow this step OR install the modules from the Canvas Commons.

Step 3 - Teach - Lesson Plan

Deliver the information literacy lesson.
HON 110: follow this step OR assign Modules #1-3 in Canvas.

Step 4 - Assign - Research Reflection

AFTER the students submit their research paper, assign the Reflection.
HON 110: follow this step OR assign Module #4 in Canvas.


What are the FYS Library Components?

1a) Information literacy lesson plan (UNI 101 or HON 110; steps 2 & 3 above)

An instructor-facilitated lesson plan that will take up one class period. The lesson plan includes:

  1. A video introducing students to Randall Library and its resources and services, to be viewed prior to the class session
  2. A small group activity with worksheets
  3. A large group discussion with facilitator guide
  4. A mini-lecture
  5. A video introducing students to the basics of searching for scholarly sources at Randall Library, to be viewed during the class session
  6. A slide deck to accompany the lesson plan

After completing the lesson plan, students will be able to...

  1. Use their own lived experience to evaluate information sources in context 
  2. Describe how this process relates to academic research 
  3. Identify appropriate information sources for their FYS research projects 

This lesson plan builds a strong foundation for developing students’ research skills and should be scheduled soon after introducing students to their research project assignment. 


Lesson Plan Documents

UNI 101 Lesson Plan

HON 110 Lesson Plan
UNI 101 Facilitator Guide HON 110 Facilitator Guide
UNI 101 Slide Deck HON 110 Slide Deck
UNI 101 Scenarios Sheets HON 110 Scenarios Sheets

1b) Library modules (HON 110 only; in place of steps 2 & 3 above)

HON 110 instructors may choose either the lesson plan or the Canvas modules. We recommend choosing either option 1a or 1b, but you are welcome to choose both if you see fit.

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. Jump to How do I install the HON 110 Library Canvas Modules? for instructions on implementing that option.

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

There is no longer face-to-face information literacy instruction for First-Year Seminar (UNI 101/HON 110). 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.

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

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...

  • which 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 final research project.

How do I install the HON 110 Library Canvas Modules?

For HON 110 instructors who wish to use the Canvas modules instead of the lesson plan, follow the instructions below. Note: These have been updated for Fall 2022.

Link to video | Transcript

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 “HON 110 Randall Library Modules.”

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