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Library Tutorials & Courses

Information Research Strategies Course

INTD 275: Information Research Strategies  is a 1-credit course that will be offered in the second half of the Fall 2021 semester. The target demographic is upper-level students or those who have completed INTD 105. The course is graded as S/U. 

The course is listed in Banner as INTD 275: Information Research Strategies.  Instructor: Brandon K. West. CRN:  21292.

Consider enrolling in this course if you:

  • want to build your confidence for writing research papers
  • are interested in developing academic skills are getting ready to complete a project for your major (e.g., senior thesis) and need to brush up on your skills.
  • need to earn an additional credit hour; or are withdrawing from a course and need to maintain a certain number of credit hours.

Description of the course:  Advanced Research Skills is a one-credit course taught by a faculty librarian that focuses on developing students’ research abilities to hone their “information literacy”—the ability to recognize when information is needed and knowing how to locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for academic research. Offerings of this course will focus on information literacy concepts, which may include developing research questions/topics, accessing information sources, formulating search strategies, analyzing sources critically, utilizing library-specific collections, managing information, publishing scholarly content, or using information ethically. Course work in this class will include readings, viewing multimedia, discussions, and a variety of assignments that emphasize the processes involved in research.

Library Self-Enroll Tutorials

The library has developed two self-enroll Canvas tutorials to help facilitate academic skill development in our students. Both the Plagiarism Tutorial and the Library Research Skills Tutorial are self-enroll Canvas courses that students may register for at any time. Each tutorial requires a blend of reading, viewing multimedia, and quizzing. Once students complete a tutorial, their completion is recorded in a Banner database. In this database, faculty members are able to see which students in their courses have completed the tutorials.

Notes: It may take several hours after a student completes a tutorial for it to show up in the database. Tutorials completed on Saturday or Sunday will be recorded in the Banner database on the following Monday morning.

If you have any questions or experience a technical issue, please email

Plagiarism Tutorial

The online Plagiarism Tutorial is a self-enroll Canvas course that teaches students proactive strategies for avoiding plagiarism, which identify different types of plagiarism, paraphrasing, citing information, and more. This tutorial takes about 30 minutes to complete. This tutorial has replaced the library’s GOLD Plagiarism Workshop, which ran until Spring 2019.

Library Research Skills Tutorial

The online Library Research Skills Tutorial is a self-enroll Canvas course that provides students with an introduction to the college library’s services and basic research strategies. These strategies include searching the Academic Search Complete Database, locating materials in GLOCAT (the library’s catalog), requesting materials via IDS, and citing sources. This tutorial is designed to supplement the INTD 105 library instruction program, but will benefit any student. This tutorial takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Assigning a Tutorial to Students

  1. Create an assignment in your Canvas course.
  2. Provide students with the tutorial course enrollment link and a due date.
  3. Check the Faculty view of the tutorial completion database to see which student completed the tutorial.
  4. Once you enter the completion database, select the tutorial you wish to view:

    Plagiarism Tutorial Selection menu option
  5. Manually enter the tutorial completion grade in your Canvas gradebook.