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Library Research E-Textbook - Instructor Version: Instructor Introduction

Instructor Introduction

The tabs above lead to an instruction module that teaches a research or information literacy strategy.

Each module contains:

  • student learning goals
  • step-by-step instructions for students on how to access the module content
  • assessment options in the form of activities or quizzes
  • a right-hand column with instructor notes for how to use the content
  • an articulation of the institutional Student Learning Outcomes and Information Literacy Competency Standards associated with each module
  • The last few modules contain assignments and tutorials that can be added to your course depending on the types of research assignments you prefer to assign.  These assignments include:
    • Annotated bibliographies
    • Field research (interviews and observations)
    • Argument essays
    • Reflection Assignment

These research modules are meant for instructors to embed within a course assignment or course schedule.  Each module is a stand alone lesson, meaning that the intended purpose of the E-Textbook is to be used throughout the entirety of a course.  It is not recommended that students be assigned the E-Textbook as a single assignment.

These workbooks were developed for students to print and complete while working through the core modules of this E-Textbook in support of their first major research essay.  Feel free to use and modify them as you like.

Best Practices for Using the E-Textbook in Your Course

Inform students about the research module content required in your course

Make bridges between course content

  • Invite the librarian into your classroom or schedule a session in SL122 concerning a specific module or modules - Library Instruction Request Form
  • Use each module in the Library Research E-Textbook (student version) at the point of need as your students complete or are introduced to the research process - students will get much more out of this information if it correlates directly their stage in the research process
  • Each module has a "friendly URL" that can be embedded into your ANGEL course shell
  • Use each module at the point of need - students will get much more out of this information if it correlates directly with the research they need to do for papers or projects

Instructor Communication Strategies

  • Share contact information (phone, email) with librarians
  • Share course content and students' assignments with librarians
  • Contact Rachel Santose ( to get recommendations on where to place modules in a course schedule
  • Meet with librarians to discuss best practices with the module(s)
  • Meet with librarians to discuss how your students are completing the module(s)

Accommodate In-Person Learners

  • Include in-person library workshops - time these workshops with each major research project - Library Instruction Request Form
  • Refer your students to the reference librarians or to the Writing Center for additional support and assistance

We welcome your feedback!  Please fill out the instructor surveys embedded throughout the modules. Also, the librarians at Southworth Library would appreciate your sharing of graded assignments and quizzes with the Instruction and Assessment Librarian, Rachel Santose.  We want to understand and assess the efficiency of the E-Textbook as a tool for fulfilling institutional Student Learning Outcomes and Information Literacy Competency Standards.  Thank you for your support and collaboration.

Subject Guide

Note About the Instructor Edition

In the Instructor version of the Research E-Textbook (the tabs that follow), you will find the student content of the E-Textbook in the left-hand column of each page and instructor information -- notes, assignments, and other content -- in the right-hand column.

Please feel free to copy content and adapt for your use.