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Library Guide for ENGL 101 Instructors: Your Role as Instructor

Resources to help you integrate information literacy and library resources into your ENGL 101 courses.

Creating Effective Library Assignments

  • Identify a purpose or rationale for the assignment that is clearly communicated to the students.
  • Connect your assignment to the WSU Information Literacy Learning Outcomes.
  • Make sure the assignment is closely tied to the course content to provide relevance.
  • Check the WSU Libraries' Subject Resource Guides (LibGuides) to learn of relevant resources to the assignment.
  • Work through the assignment yourself to make sure the learning outcomes are achievable.
  • Be sure that each resource listed on your assignment has the full and proper citation.
  • Create assignments so that a large number of students are not trying to get access to a limited number of resources.

Resources & Tools

Library Instruction Services & Resources Overview
A comprehensive list describing the Libraries' Information Literacy Program.

Reserves (Print & Electronic)
Place materials for your classes on reserve at the Libraries, or in electronic format.

WSU Plagiarism Website
Valuable information about plagiarism, including how to avoid it and detect it.

Collaborating with Librarians

There are many ways that librarians can engage with students in the research process. Here are just a few considerations:

  • Librarians can help you design assignments to fully integrate library instruction sessions.
  • Add your librarian to your syllabus as a contact.
  • Consider adding your librarian to your BlackBoard shell as a coursebuilder -- they can drop useful resources into a folder.
  • Encourage students to work with your librarian throughout the semester.
  • Ask your librarian to create a course-specific research guide. 
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