Library Information Tutorial (LIT) Toolkit


LIT: Your Guide to Research and Writing at Western Libraries is designed to help students improve their academic literacies by strengthening students research and writing skills. Included are modules on the following topics:


For Faculty & Instructors: Common Questions about LIT

What is LIT?

The LIT: Your Guide to Research and Writing at Western is designed to help students improve their academic literacies by strengthening students research and writing skills. Included are modules on how to get started with a research assignment; how to effectively locate and evaluate resources; how to analyze, interpret, incorporate sources into written assignments; how to draft, revise, and edit written work; and how to correctly document and cite sources. LIT is set up as modules that can be done all at once or assigned to support your in-class teaching and your research-based assignments.


How can I use LIT in my Canvas course?

Scenario - Straight out of the Box (no modifications): Professor Smith teaches an introductory, lower division course designed for freshmen and he requires students to complete a research project. He wants students to learn some introductory research and writing skills as well as the services offered by the Libraries and the Learning Commons but cannot afford to use class time for library visits.

Solution: Professor Smith chooses instead to ask students to complete the Libraries LIT Tutorial, making it an assignment available through his Canvas course; he opts to include the quizzes tied to each module. He assigns the modules to mirror the steps of the research assignment and student quiz scores  and completion dates appear in his grade book. Students can complete the tutorial independently, by the assigned dates. Student scores the quizzes indicated what concepts and skills his students did and did not grasp to better inform what he covers in class.


Scenario - Specialized (minor modifications): Having used LIT in her lower division courses, Professor Chen wants to use LIT again for her junior-level research methods class. However, she decides that some of the modules are redundant because she covers this same content in class.

Solution: Professor Chen decides to assign only three of the available LIT modules to her students. That way, her students can review which tools and services are available at Western Libraries while not duplicating in-class material. Professor Chen opts to include the quizzes with scores but doesn’t want the scores to affect students grades. Because she groups her assignments and weights each group in the grade book, she groups the LIT quizzes but weighted them at 0%. This allows her and her students to see the scores without having an affect final grades.


Scenario - Flexible:Professor Frances teaches an upper division course every Spring Quarter. Many of the students who take her course are experienced and accomplished undergraduate scholars. However, she is interested in having her students review available tools and services at the Libraries but doesn’t want the students--many of whom may have completed LIT in previous classes--to feel as though they are required to demonstrate their long-earned knowledge yet again.

Solution: Professor Frances makes the LIT Tutorial available through her Canvas course as extra credit. That way, students have the opportunity to refresh their skills but are not required to repeat the tutorial if they have completed it in a prior class.


What are the expected benefits of LIT for lower division students (100-200 Level Courses)?

LIT starts at the front door of the Western Libraries and introduces students to the physical and virtual options available. Then it takes students through the research and writing process from understanding the assignment to developing a research strategy to analyzing and applying the sources found.

LIT consists of six modules that can be taken all at one or spread out throughout your course. Each module contains hand's on learning tools and includes a graded quiz that can be loaded directly into Canvas and you Canvas grade book. Because it is self-guided, students can return to it as many times as necessary. 

Students will:

  • Develop research and inquiry skills, within an emphasis on library research tools.
  • Develop simple and complex search strategies.
  • Learn to read complex scholarly sources.
  • Construct a thesis and synthesize sources into their assignment.
  • Identify and analyze academic research and apply the content to the writing process.
  • Learn to revise and edit their writing.
  • Understand the ethics of documenting and citing their work.


What are the expected benefits of LIT for upper division students (300-400 Level Courses)?

LIT can be used as a supplement to research-based writing assignments. Direct students to the Modules of LIT that you feel would help supplement your research projects. 

Students will:

  • Review research skills that can be helpful to their assignments
  • Review how to read and interpret academic writing
  • Review advanced writing strategies (eg., rhetorical moves) to better advance their argument

Use this Reading & Writing Student Guide to see how LIT modules can be used to guide your students through the research and writing procees. This guide is based on the Integrated Research-Writing Workshop series. If you would like more information on the series, please contact Emma Winningham


Where can I get the LIT Quizzes?


Who can I talk to?

LIT is managed by a small group of teaching and learning professionals at Western Libraries. If you have any questions about the educational content within LIT, please contact our Learning Technologist, If you have questions about managing your quizzes with Canvas, please contact for Canvas Technical Support.