Resources for Transfer Student Seminar Instructors


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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.

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

Beginning in the Fall of 2022, Transfer Seminar classes will use an information literacy lesson plan. This lesson, developed by Randall Library faculty experts in information literacy, is mandatory for all UNI 201 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.

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.

Step 3 - Teach - Lesson Plan

Deliver the information literacy lesson.

Step 4 - Assign - Research Reflection

AFTER the students submit their research paper, assign the Reflection.

What are the three UNI 201 Library Components?

1) Information literacy lesson plan (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 
  1. Describe how this process relates to academic research 
  1. 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 201 Lesson Plan
UNI 201 Facilitator Guide
UNI 201 Slide Deck
UNI 201 Scenarios Sheets

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

There is no longer face-to-face information literacy instruction for Transfer Seminar (UNI 201). 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 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."

Optional Library Offerings

Journal Prompts

  • Two journal prompts you can assign to your students to scaffold information literacy throughout the research process.

DIY IL in-class activities

Using Scholarly Articles Videos

Plagiarism tutorial

Media literacy tutorial

MLA and APA Canvas modules

Randall Library Tours

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, contact Brittany O'Neill at oneillb [at]


Contact Boneillb [at] (rittany O'Neill, Information Literacy Librarian)

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