GEL Intro - Overview
Information Literacy Module
This course guide will provide instructors with lesson plans and materials that will fulfill the Information Literacy & College Level Research student learning outcomes for GEL:
- Formulate a research topic and write a relevant thesis
- Use a variety of print and electronic resources to locate and retrieve information related to thesis
- Critique scholarly vs. popular press literature
- Write a college level research report (in APA style) and produce a related oral presentation
If you've taught GEL before, you will notice some changes for the research sessions in 2018-19, notably:
- Librarian sessions
Students will spend 1 week in the library instead of 2 weeks. Librarians will not be grading student assignments, so you will need to determine how to re-allocate the 150 points that were previously graded by the librarian.
- Research Assignment and Open Education Resources
The librarians have created a scaffolded research assignment as well as accompanying lesson plans and learning objects to support the research learning outcome for GEL. These materials are completely customizable -- they can be used as-is or modified to your heart's desire.
Lesson Plans and Materials
GEL Intro - Materials
All materials can be found in the CSUSM Library's Google Drive.
Any of these materials that are created by CSUSM Librarians are covered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license.
- Scaffolded research assignment
- Research prompt and extended outline, with two checkin points
- Lesson plans and materials
- Before coming to the library (delivered by GEL instructor)
- Library sessions (delivered by a librarian)
- After the library sessions (delivered by GEL instructor)
These suggested lesson plans are broken into 6 separate lessons, but can be distributed throughout the semester.
How to download/modify these materials
- View the materials in the CSUSM Library Google Drive.
- Download the files you want/need:
- File --> Download As: (Word doc, pdf, etc.), OR
- Edit/Modify in your file editor of choice (such as Microsoft Word or Open Office)
- File --> Add to My Drive
- Edit/Modify in Google Drive
- File --> Download As: (Word doc, pdf, etc.), OR
- Make relevant materials available to students:
- Print out/copy and distribute in person, OR
- Upload to Cougar Courses
Information Literacy Toolkit
GEL IL Toolkit - links
The CSUSM Librarians have created and/or collected the following materials that support the Information Literacy & College Ready Research learning outcomes for GEL. You may wish to incorporate these as additional tutorials/readings throughout the semester that are not already in the lesson plans.
Materials that have been integrated into the lesson plans are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- APA Practice Worksheet by CSUSM Librarians (Word Document)
- GEL APA Guide by CSUSM Librarians (Word Document)
- In Text Citations by APA (Video)
- APA Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue Online Writing Lab (Comprehensive online guide with examples)
- APA Sample Paper by Purdue Online Writing Lab (PDF)
- CSUSM Library Plagiarism Guide by CSUSM Librarians (Guide)
- CSUSM Academic Honesty Policy by CSUSM (Web Documents)
- Accidental Plagiarism by The University of Arizona Library (Web Tutorial)
- Plagiarism: How to Avoid It by Brainbridge State College (Video)
- Harvard Guide to Using Sources by Harvard University (Guide)
- Coping with Plagiarism by Inside Higher Ed (Article) - For Instructors
College Level Reading
- Advice for Students: How to Read Like a Scholar by Dustin Wax (Blog post)
- Five Close Reading Strategies to Support the Common Core by Court Allam (Blog post)
- Creating Effective Argumentative Thesis Statements by the CSUSM Writing Center
- Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements by Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Writing Tips: Thesis Statements by Center for Writing Studies, UIUC
- Developing a Thesis Statement by The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Annotated Bibliographies "How To" by Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Sample Annotated Bibliography in APA from MiraCosta College Library (PDF)
- Introduction to the Reseach Process by CSUSM Librarians (Video)*
- Student-Scholar Research Process by CSUSM Librarians (Google Slides Presentation)*
- What's the Difference between a Research Paper and a Report? by LaChance Library (Mount Wachusett Community College)
- Using Wikipedia for Academic Research by CLIP (Video)*
- Choosing a Topic Worksheet adapted from University of Virginia Library (Word Document)*
- Finding Scholarly Articles by CSUSM Librarians (online tutorial)*
- How to Use a Database by University of Tennessee Chattanooga Library (Video)*
- Choosing Search Terms by Seminole State University Library (Video)
- Database Tips from MIT Libraries (Online guide)
- Using Google Scholar by CLIP (video)
- Peer Review in 3 Minutes by NCSU Library (video)
- What is a Conflict of Interest? by Taylor and Francis (website)
- What is a Scholarly Article? by Kimbel Library (video)*
- How to Use Google Drive by Digital Trends (Website)
- Google Drive and Docs Tutorial by Anson Alexander (Video)
- The Top Web Search Tricks Everyone Should Know by Lifewire (Article)
Videos - University Library
- How to get help from the library (video)
- Importance of logging into the library (video)
- Customizing your library interface to show databases most used (video)
Schedule a Training
GEL Intro - Training
Set up a training session with CSUSM librarians!
New to GEL? Want a refresher? Contact Talitha Matlin to arrange an in-person or virtual training.