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Wheaton's Guide to Research & the Library: Faculty Guide: Incorporating the Tutorial into Your Course

FYS Syllabus Text

Existing Text:

FYS Information Literacy Tutorial: Students must successfully complete (before or by the end of A quad) the First Year Seminar information literacy tutorial as a requirement of this course. Understanding will be assessed within the modules on a pass/fail basis. All freshmen will be introduced to the basics of information literacy to prepare them for liberal arts study.

Sample Additional Text (Recommended):

This tutorial is located in Schoology, in the Assignments folder in your First Year Seminar class. This tutorial must be completed by October __, 2017.

  1. Login to Schoology at
  2. Select your First Year Seminar course from the "Courses" dropdown in the blue bar at the top of the screen
  3. Click the "Assignments" folder, in the "Materials" Section of your course
  4. Click the "Into All The World Tutorial 2017" link. This will open the tutorial. You can take the tutorial embedded, as it appears, or open it in a new window by clicking the  button.

The library has created a FYS LibGuide to further assist students with the content and key concepts in the tutorial. It is located at

Discussion Topics

‚ÄčInformation Needs

  • Theme: Understanding the Research Process
    Have students reflect upon the steps they went through when researching a major purchase or event in their lives (buying a car, selecting a college, etc.). Then identify the steps involved in the research behind such a decision, and confront the importance of employing a similar strategy in the academic setting.
  • Theme: Identifying the appropriate type of information based on information need
    Start a discussion with your class about what the appropriate information sources are for your discipline. Does your discipline ever use popular sources for research? Why or why not.
  • Theme: Understanding How Information is Produced
    Discuss your experience with being published in an academic press or peer reviewed journal. What challenges did you face? What value did the process add?
  • Theme: Different Information Types
    Compare the same topic across multiple source types (scholarly, popular, etc.) in order to emphasize the different ways information is presented.
  • Theme: Understanding How Information is Produced
    Brainstorm author characteristics that indicate trustworthiness on a particular topic as a large group, collaborating to generate characteristics posted and shared with all students.
  • Theme: Types of Info Module
    Have students look at a blog, a video on YouTube, a collection of tweets, or some other type of social media regarding a contemporary event (e.g. the demonstrations in Ferguson, MO). Ask them questions about the creators of the item. How trustworthy is the author? Is the item part of the mainstream media or not? If not, how does it differ? What value does this item have to scholars?


  • Theme: Information Resources
    Share your research process with students, including the books, journals, and databases that you use regularly. Why do you rely on these sources? What types of information do you get from them, and how does that information inform your research?
  • Theme: Databases
  • Ask students to reflect on the databases they are already using in their daily lives. Ask them to consider how those databases are organized and searched, and then relate that to the research databases provided by the library.
  • Theme: Finding Books
    Do you use books? Start a discussion on the relevance of books to your discipline, and then have students find a book related to a class topic.
  • Theme: Identify Key Concepts and Keywords in Your Research Topic
    Pick a research paper topic and invite your students to help you come up with keywords.

Evaluate & Reflect

  • Theme: The CRAAP Test
    Present students with a variety of resources and ask how they would evaluate them using the CRAAP test.
  • Theme: Citing Sources
    Talk about the preferred documentation style in your discipline; have students submit citations in that style
  • Theme: Understand What Constitutes Plagiarism
    Before students take the ethics module, ask the students to define plagiarism in class. After completing the module, ask them again. Did their definitions of plagiarism change? Were there any surprises in the module? Why or why not?
  • Theme: Understand What Constitutes Plagiarism
    Discuss a famous plagiarism case, preferably one that is in your field.
  • Theme: Differentiate Between Book Citations and Article Citations
    Dissect and review the citations on your course syllabi. Do students recognize a journal article or a book when they see the citation?


  • Theme: Refining a research question
    Share a time when you needed to refine your research question/hypothesis based on something you learned during the course of your research.