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Library Instruction

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Librarians can work with you to incorporate library and information literacy instruction directly into your Canvas course. The three primary types of online involvement include embedding library learning objects in online classes, creating custom course guides, and participating in Canvas discussion forums.

We are flexible with these services and can be involved as much, or as little, as you would like. Please fill out the instruction request form or contact us with questions.

Library Learning Objects

Please contact us if you are interested in adding library learning objects to your course. You can choose from the available learning objects listed below or request a specific topic.

This option is appropriate for online, blended, and face-to-face courses.

Will your students need to... ? Learning Object
Prevent and avoid plagiarism Plagiarism
Understand how scholarly sources differ from popular sources Scholarly Sources
Evaluate websites and other information sources Evaluating Sources of Information, Rate My Source
Cite sources correctly and/or use citation managers Cite Your Sources
Understand basic copyright and fair use concepts Copyright
Recognize potential bias in sources Identifying Bias
Recognize misleading news coverage Identifying False & Misleading News
Find empirical, peer-reviewed articles in PsycINFO Searching PsycINFO
Find company and industry reports Company & Industry Information
Understand what resources to use throughout the research process Getting Started with Research Guide
Request articles, books, and media from other libraries Get Stuff from Other Libraries

Course Guides

Librarians can create a customized research guide for your course that organizes relevant resources in one location. It can be added to Canvas for quick student access.

This option is appropriate for online, blended, and face-to-face courses.

Example course guides:

Canvas Discussion Forums (Embedded Librarian)

A librarian can join your Canvas course and participate in one or more discussion forums. There are two common forum types:

  • Ask a Librarian: An optional forum for students to post questions about research and library use. Questions often focus on database selection, keyword choices, and citations. Students can benefit from seeing their classmates’ questions and the librarian’s answers.
  • Research Module: A forum more integrated into the course where students are required to participate in order to develop their research skills. Common topics of discussion include developing a research strategy, finding peer-reviewed articles, and evaluating information on the internet.

In all Canvas Librarian setups, the librarian will monitor the forum(s) and respond to questions and provide feedback. Librarians are flexible and can be involved as much or as little as you would like. In Canvas, librarians can add content and contribute to discussions but cannot delete content or view class lists or grades.

This option is appropriate for online, blended, and face-to-face courses.

Example “Ask a Librarian” forum:

Canvas Example Screenshot