Use of LIT
This information has been provided for librarians, instructors,
faculty and other educators interested in learning more about LIT.
If you have contributions or suggestions about using LIT,
What Is LIT?
a resource for Western Washington University students, a self-instructional
tutorial to teach them basic library and research skills. It covers
the research process from initial topic selection to citation styles
and the issue of plagiarism. LIT is set up like a course in Blackboard. Instructors who want to use LIT need to contact Web services. There is also a link to LIT on the
Libraries' home page
or it can be accessed directly from http://www.library.wwu.edu/lit/.
Its content is organized into six modules:
an overview that introduces students to various types of sources.
Choosing a topic
tips on broadening and narrowing a topic and discusses search
Using the Catalog
has live practice searches in our online catalog.
practice searching in the online databases.
Using the Web
includes the comparative evaluation of Web sources.
includes the topics of citing, plagiarism, and copyright.
complete the tutorial on their own time outside of class. Each of
its six sections takes about 15 minutes and students can complete
one or more modules at a time. Each module is followed by a short
quiz and a quiz results page, which provides an overall percentage
score for that module, as well as a summary of questions answered
right or wrong.
Is It Designed For?
is designed for students in classes with a substantial writing component
or introductory-level research, especially for English 101and Comm 101. However, we hope instructors of other
classes will find it useful and assign it to their students.
Can Instructors Effectively Use LIT with Their Courses?
have students complete LIT before they begin their
research or attend a library session. Students can complete LIT
on their own time.
have chosen to give extra credit points to students who complete
LIT. We strongly suggest that students be required
to pass the quizzes with a score of at least 85% or better.
may retake a quiz as many times as they want to improve their score.
LIT Replace Library Instruction?
No! We continue
to offer course-related library instruction and hope that you will
incorporate a library session into your syllabus. Timing is important!
Have your students complete LIT, then schedule library instruction
with us for a date after they've received an assignment.
Then they will learn about searching databases when they need these
skills to complete their research assignment. Research has shown
learn best and retain most when they need the information.
- Library instruction
is more effective when the course instructor is present.
- Library instruction
is more effective when coordinated with a class assignment.
has one electronic classroom, which librarians use for computer
demonstrations and hands-on training. It is heavily booked,
so please schedule early to reserve the date and time you need--preferably
call us at least 2 weeks ahead. Requests will be filled on a first-come
To arrange a
library instruction session, please contact your department's library liaison.
See http://libguides.wwu.edu/content.php?pid=60282&sid=443326 to find the name of your liaison.