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You can also find this information on the Library page in the "UNI 201 Instructor Resources" course in Canvas.

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What's new: Changes for Fall '20

1. The Library Assignment (previously the CAARP activity) has been replaced with a Research Reflection. This reflection should be assigned after the student submits the research component of their Transfer Portfolio to you.

2. The face-to-face library session(s) for UNI 201 have been cancelled for academic year 2020-21. However, in its place additional videos have been created and added to the Canvas modules (which replace BUILD, see next item)

3. A series of Canvas Modules has replaced the various links that you would provide to your UNI 201 students for the library session (BUILD, library tour, library assignment, etc.).

  1. This new format will allow you to break up the information literacy training over time, as best suits your course needs.
  2. Also, the final 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 library assignment, however, will still be submitted to you via email). 
  3. 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.. don't hesitate to ask questions!  


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 modules from the Canvas Commons
 (see instructions below)

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


What are the three UNI 201 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 201 have been cancelled for the Fall 2020 semester.

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 "Major and Career Research."


How do I install the UNI 201 Library Modules in Canvas?

Link to videoTranscript


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 201 Randall Library Modules.”

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

This year, 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



Contact Eva Sclippa, First Year Engagement Librarian

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