The following tutorials are self-paced and open to all students.
Created by Cal State LA faculty Librarians, the tutorials focus on information literacy skill development and familiarizing students with library resources. They were designed for students enrolled in English Composition (aka First Year Writing) courses.
The recommended approach is to assign a course tutorial OR topic tutorials, but not both course and topic tutorials as there may be some repetition.
Upon completion of a tutorial, students receive a certificate which they can submit for credit.
Topic tutorials take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete and course tutorials take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.
Provides an overview of the types of sources commonly used in college writing. Covers the differences between popular and scholarly sources, the peer review process, and provides an activity to put knowledge into practice.
Provides an overview of how to use the database Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context, a great database to explore controversial issues early-on in the research process. Provides reference overviews (an excellent alternative to Wikipedia) and related articles to get you started.
Covers the importance of citing sources in college writing, including reasons why we cite, direct quote vs. paraphrase, how citation and plagiarism are intertwined, and style guides.
Provides strategies for brainstorming topics and an overview of library databases designed to help students with exploratory research.
In addition to the tutorials above, there are self-paced courses available through Canvas Commons, including modules on MLA Style, ENGL 1050, and Library Basics. See the PDF below for instructions on how to view and download modules to your Canvas course.