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U100 for Faculty

Includes an overview of the Research Assignment and a link to schedule the library visits.

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University 100: Overview

(Exact same info is located in 2022/2023 U100 Instructor Manual) 

Presentation length: Two 75 minute sessions.

Weeks preferred: Any.

Scheduling & contact information: Fill out the following U100 Library Instruction Request Form to request the library sessions. The earlier you fill out the request, the more likely it is you will get your preferred date. Jamie Johnson (Research & Instruction Librarian) will confirm instruction dates and librarian teaching the sessions after you complete the form. Please keep in mind that students should have completed the U100 Student Library Module prior to the first library session and should be working on their Information Competence Assignment by the second session.

Presentation location: All sessions will take place inside the library.

Description & format of session(s): 

Pre-Library Tutorial (Canvas U100 Library Module)

  • Students must self-enroll into the Library Student Research Toolkit and complete the U100 library module. At the end of the module, students will fill out a Google form as proof of completion. Students must complete the tutorial prior to the first library session which should take approximately 30-45 minutes. Instructors will be emailed the list of students that complete the tutorial. We suggest assigning points to encourage students to complete it. Student instructions to complete the module can be found in this document:  . 

Synchronous In-person Sessions 

  • Schedule two in-person library sessions. During these sessions, students will learn about library resources, services, and ongoing changes, as well as an introduction to library research to successfully complete their Information Competence Assignment and annotated bibliography. New MLA 9th and APA 7th edition citation guidelines and resources will be available for your students. 
  • Information Competence Assignment: Sample assignments are available in the U100 Library Faculty Guide. Feel free to edit to make fit your course needs or create one yourself.  
  • Prior to the second session, students (and your librarian) will need to have their specific U100 Information Competence Assignment on hand. Students should know their group members (if you are proceeding with groups) and their general topic.
  • Scheduling: The first library session can be anytime. The second library session should be scheduled when students are working on their Info Comp assignment. Pro-tip! The due date for the annotated bibliography should be at least a week or two after the second library session.

Remember: U100 is not a research course. The library sessions and the information competence project aim to provide a gentle introduction to research at the University level. Very few students will understand a traditional peer-reviewed article, and requiring them to use one may in fact be detrimental to their understanding of doing research and learning how to incorporate it into their own projects. For example, Time magazine can be a fine work to cite on a freshman annotated bibliography. The goal is to ensure that your students read and understand the articles they have chosen. 

Additional Student Resources:

  • U100 Library Guide for Students: If students miss a session or have questions about annotated bibliographies, finding, evaluating, or citing sources please refer them to the guide.
  • Finding and Accessing News Articles: Evaluating information is imperative before using it in your research papers or presentations. Be prepared to fact-check claims that you come across, and pay attention to where the information is coming from. Use the tips on this page to learn how to identify bias as well as how to evaluate news, journal articles and websites.    
  • Finding & Using Images Guide: Using images can greatly enhance your research, poster, or presentation. However, it can be confusing to know exactly where to find images and if you need permission to legally use it.  This guide will help you find and use images for educational purposes. It is a starting point to understand basic resources available to help find images using websites and library databases. 


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