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ENGL 101 - Library Skills Objectives - Maple Woods


A nine-square grid with three columns labeled in person, virtual, and self paced with rows for objectives 1, 2, and 3. Three squares have a X marked on them. The grid is titled 'Design your library instruction menu!'

This guide identifies the eight library skills objectives English 101 students should master before completing their course. Faculty teaching a section of English 101 can ensure their students are exposed to each objective by requesting in-person or virtual live library visits or by asking students to review the content on this guide. Synchronous and asynchronous options are available for all objectives so that faculty can choose whatever is most convenient for their class. 

On the home page of this guide is a list of the objectives, with recommendations for the order in which they can be taught. However, faculty are welcome to cover the objectives in whatever order works for them.

The side navigation allows you to visit separate pages for each objective or objective pair. On those pages are asynchronous materials covering the objective (usually a video and text option). Each page has a custom url that can be shared with students and embedded in your LMS. The videos can also be embedded independently.

To request a library instruction session, complete the instruction request form. The form will ask you to specify which objectives you would like the librarian to cover, in case you would like to combine several objectives into one session. Of course, instructors are welcome to request sessions on other topics or customized for their class assignments using the usual channels.

Objectives - Recommended Order

  1. Students will seek guidance from experts, such as librarians, researchers, and professionals.
  2. Students will select the appropriate search tool and resource type to meet their information need.
  3. Students will navigate information systems to access relevant information using knowledge of their organization.
  4. Students will create search strings that retrieve the desired results.
  5. Students will adjust and refine search strategies based on their search results.
  6. Students will build search habits recognizing that first attempts may not always produce adequate results.
  7. Students will use citation tools in library databases to cite sources accurately.
  8. Students will select the appropriate citation style for their discipline.

Accessibility Information

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