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Implementing the Information Literacy Tutorial in Your First Year Seminar

Practical advice and how-to information for incorporating the information literacy tutorial, The Lion's Guide To Research And The Library, in your first year seminar course.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Implementing FFYS

Question: What technology settings do users need to take the tutorial?

Answer: Users must use a laptop or desktop computer, the latest version of the Google Chrome browser, and have a stable internet connection.

QuestionDo I need to request library instruction for my FFYS course?

AnswerNo, you do not need to request library instruction. The tutorial is meant to take the place of in-person library instruction for this course, specifically the information literacy outcomes for First Year Seminar in the Core Curriculum. Library instruction can be requested if you are doing a special research assignment that requires more than what is covered in the tutorials.

Question: Can I customize certain aspects of how the Information Literacy tutorial is implemented in my course?

Answer: Yes, you can. Default settings for the tutorial include percentages as default with 30 point modules. You can work with your college ITA to customize the tutorial settings to align with your grading schema.

Question: Is Academic Honestly part of the Information Literacy tutorial?

Answer: The Academic Honesty Tutorial is not a part of the Information Literacy tutorial. However, this module is strongly recommended for every FFYS course during the first 2 weeks of the semester. It is administered by the Committee on Excellence in Teaching.

Question: How do I know if my students have completed the modules by the due date?

Answer: The date and time the student completed the module is located on the printable "Certificate of Completion" the students may print out when they complete a module. Additionally, the date that the student finished each individual module is available in the Grade Center in Brightspace Grades under item statistics. You can also set deadlines and end dates in Brightspace.

Question: At what point in the semester should I assign the tutorials?

AnswerEach of the four modules of the tutorial covers a lot of material and will take time to complete and absorb. We recommend no more than one per week; ideally they should be spread out even more. All four of  the modules (Starting Your Assignment, Types of Information, Finding Books, and Finding Articles) are designed to be assigned sequentially, as they build upon earlier sections. We also recommend timing each tutorial at the point in the semester (and on your syllabus) when you will be talking about related issues so that tutorial concepts as outlined in the tutorial outcomes.

Question: How long will the tutorials take to complete?

AnswerWe estimate that each module will take about 30 minutes to complete including all videos and quizzing. The entire tutorial should take about 2 hours to complete altogether.

Question: What if a student claims the technology doesn’t work on their computer to complete the tutorial?

AnswerStudents are encouraged to use one of the 80 computers in the Information Commons of the library to complete the tutorial. Please see library hours for access. The tutorials also have an alternate non-technical version in a Word document format for students with disabilities or technology concerns. This format is loaded below the tutorial and called the "Accessible Word Document version". 

Question: To whom do I or my students report technical problems?

Answer: Students should report technical problems to the Instructional Design Librarian Darlene Aguilar at Please include details about the issue and the course and section number. 

Question: What if I don’t agree with some aspect of the tutorial or feel that it doesn’t provide enough depth in a particular area?

AnswerThe Lion's Guide to Research & the Library also known as the Information Literacy tutorial has to serve over fifty First Year Seminar (FFYS) courses taught by faculty across the University. It was designed by LMU librarians to provide the first bricks in a foundation of knowledge that can and should be enhanced by the expertise of our faculty. As we can not be as discipline specific as we would like given the wide range of FFYS subject matter, we encourage faculty to build upon any element of the tutorial during their course. Comments and questions can also be submitted to the library directly.

Question: Does the Library have suggestions on ways to build upon the content of the Tutorial?

Answer: The library has suggested in-class activities for each of the modules according to their outcomes. We also encourage instructors to use the Project Cora Information Literacy website for assignment ideas.