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CatCourses Library Modules: About Library Modules

Information on Library Modules available for faculty to use with first-year students in CatCourses

Library Modules Available in CatCourses/Canvas

Library Modules are available for faculty to use with their students in CatCourses.  The modules introduce students to the basics of accessing library resources and beginning information literacy concepts.  They are especially intended for first-year students in Writing 1 and Spark classes.

  • Library modules can be directly imported into your CatCourse(s) from Canvas' Commons and incorporated into your curriculum.
  • Each module includes one or more quizzes with point values assigned. Once imported, you can adopt as is or adapt as desired.  For example, you could choose not to assign point values from the quizzes. 
  • Instructors can preview available modules below.  Librarians have suggested potential sequencing and use.
Module Content Time for Completion Outcomes Suggested Use
*Accessing Information - VPN & UC-eLinks (~12 minutes, without VPN download)
  • understand why the VPN is needed for access to library resources from off-campus locations.
  • connect to the VPN in order to locate library resources.
  • know where to locate help for VPN set-up.
  • become familiar with the purpose and value of the UC-eLinks button.
  • use the UC-eLinks button to locate information.
suitable before or after Finding & Selecting Databases
*Developing a Research Question (~15 minutes)
  • identify key research question criteria.
  • identify strengths and weaknesses of research questions using research question criteria.
  • recognize the value of 4Ws and pre-searching for research question development.
suitable after Accessing Information - VPN & UC-eLinks; suitable when students are identifying a topic of interest with the goal of eventually crafting a research question 
*Finding & Selecting Databases (~12 minutes)
  • recognize how the library provides access to academic content for your research.
  • find databases available from the library.
  • select subject-specific databases to search based on a topic.
suitable before or after Accessing Information - VPN & UC-eLinks
Evaluating Information  (~15 minutes)
  • identify important questions to ask when evaluating sources.
  • understand that source evaluation includes considering one’s information need.
  • evaluate sources and determine if a source is suitable for a specific information need.
suitable prior to Searching for Information
Searching for Information - Searching in Google (8-10 minutes)
  • recognize the pros and cons of using Google for specific information needs.
  • be able to use specific search strategies to improve Google results.
suitable after Evaluating Information; useful if students will be using freely available web sources

*Searching for Information -  Using Keywords & Search Strategies

(~12 minutes)
  • generate keywords from your research question.
  • combine keywords and search strategies to locate resources.
suitable after Finding & Selecting Databases
*Searching in Databases  (8-10 minutes)
  • identify what a database is and how it is structured
  • use database functionality to locate information
suitable before or after Finding & Selecting Databases
*Citing & Managing Your Research (in progress)      

Finding Statistics & Data

(~5 minutes)
  • distinguish between the need for statistics or data.
  • identify strategies for locating statistics or data.
suitable after Evaluating Information and Searching for Information - Searching in Google; useful if students will be using freely available web sources with a focus on finding stats

Working with Information - Reading Scholarly Articles

(~12 minutes)
  • understand the common characteristics of scholarly articles.
  • know strategies for effectively reading scholarly articles.

suitable prior to any requirements that students read scholarly articles; could use after Finding & Selecting Databases and  Searching for Information - Searching in Library Databases if students also need to find scholarly articles

* Starred modules are replicated in the Library Research DIY Tutorial outside of Canvas.