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First Year Seminar Library Orientation: Instructor resources

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Library Orientation for First Year Seminars

Library Scavenger Hunt

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify what library services and resources are available and how to access/utilize them.
  • Navigate the physical and virtual spaces of the library.
  • Identify when and why they should use library or other academic resources versus performing a generic open web search.
  • Identify librarians and subject guides that may be relevant to their interests and majors.
  • Use the Discovery Search (BOSS),  to locate and use books, articles, and other resources on a given topic. 
Access Options
  • Use the Scavenger hunt page of the guide to access either the in-person version or the online-only version of the scavenger hunt.
  • Contact Holly Luetkenhaus for pen-and-paper/printable versions
Completion verification and reports

Fill out the scavenger hunt request form and include your due date and class details. You should receive a report within 1 week of your due date.


In-class sessions


Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop, perform, and narrow a Google search keeping in mind Google's functionality and limitations.
  • Utilize fact-checking strategies in order to determine the authenticity and authority of information.
  • Recognize the social and ethical implications of information use, access, creation, and dissemination and its effect on a variety of communities.
  • Develop habits of inquiry that will serve them as life-long learners.
Request instruction


Online Tutorials

The tutorials can be accessed on the Tutorials page of this guide. These will duplicate some of the content from both the scavenger hunt and the in-class session, and can be used directly from the page listed above or embedded into your Canvas. Instructions for embedding the content into your Canvas are listed below each module.


Guide to News Literacy

Concerned about the issues of "fake news" and helping students learn to be more critical of the information they find online? Use the "News Literacy, Fact Checking, and Popping your Filter Bubble"  guides to help students become more aware of how information travels online, and what they can do to be sure they're finding accurate, reliable information.