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Library Orientation Products: My Library Packet Modules



  • There are 4 library orientation activities in My Library Packet. They are presented here in recommended order. 

  • The activities are self-guided. In-class reflection/discussion is strongly encouraged. 

  • Each module captures student answers and tracking data. When you are ready to view your student data or set up a My Library Packet program for your class, please contact librarian Ellen. 

1) Virtual Library Tour

A unique, guided journey through the newly imagined virtual library.



2) Library Search Scavenger Hunt
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Introduces students to the library website and all that it has to offer. Students learn to perform strategic tasks within core databases and search systems. 

Fun Stat (Fall 2020): Upon completion, 95% of all participants indicated that they felt Comfortable or Very Comfortable using the library website.

Objectives: By the end of this tutorial students will be able to:

  • identify a variety of search options from the library homepage.

  • select different databases to search.

  • search and retrieve items from the library catalog and article databases.

  • recognize the different help tools available from the library homepage.


3) Introduction to Academic Research

Introduces students to various aspects of academic research, including the student's role in scholarly communication, online source evaluation, and using information strategically and responsibly.


Objectives: By the end of this tutorial students will be able to:

  • identify strategies for using information strategically and responsibly.

  • recognize their role in scholarly communication. 

  • explore "post-truth" source evaluation techniques.


4) How to Spot Fake News & Debunk Conspiracy Theories

Introduces students to source evaluation strategies for identifying and working with online news. 

NOTE: An extended version of this module is available that includes a practice session for students at the end. This extended version is called How to Spot Fake News - Deep Dive and is available here


Objectives: By the end of this tutorial students will be able to:

  • identify the characteristics for fake and real news.

  • evaluate whether a source is fake.

  • differentiate between types of fake news.

  • consider how their own biases affect their ability to reason.  

  • recognize their responsibility in the spread of information.