Canvas Course Modules

SMU Libraries provides research and information literacy course modules for you to import into your Canvas course. These modules teach foundational concepts and skills, reinforced with outside readings and quizzes. Each module has suggested activities for further learning. We can create customized modules upon request. 


Available Modules

Writing with Sources (Graduate or Undergraduate Students) 

  • Recognize the purpose of citation
  • Identify when to cite sources
  • Differentiate between quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing and their rhetorical purposes
  • Distinguish between good and poor examples of paraphrasing
  • Identify good working habits for managing sources and developing writing

Searching for Information Online 

  • Identify basic concepts and terms related to online information search
  • Identify how search works on the open internet and in library databases
  • Identify effective techniques and strategies for searching the open internet and in library databases.

How to Read a Scholarly Article - Sciences and Social Sciences

  • Distinguish between different types of scholarly articles and their uses for research
  • Identify different sections of an empirical study
  • Identify and practice strategies for reading and evaluating scholarly articles

Evaluating News Media 

  • Identify features of the news media landscape
  • Distinguish between hard news, feature news, opinion journalism, and press releases
  • Identify standard professional expectations and ethics
  • Identify different types of bias related to the news

Finding News Articles 

  • Identify ways to find news articles in library databases and on the internet
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of finding news articles through various methods

Business Research

  • Identify basic concepts and terms related to company research
  • Find basic company details
  • Locate general industry information
  • Discover consumer market research
  • Apply basic search strategies to find news articles

Primary Sources

  • Identify features of historical primary sources
  • Differentiate primary and secondary sources and how they work in your research
  • Develop specific strategies for searching and finding primary sources
  • Identify methods of evaluating primary sources

MLA Citation 

  • Recognize the MLA core elements
  • Format basic citations for a Works Cited page in MLA style
  • Format in-text citations in MLA style

APA Citation 

  • Recognize the APA core elements
  • Format basic citations for a References page in APA style
  • Format in-text citations in APA style

Chicago Style Citation 

  • Recognize Chicago’s two systems of citation
  • Identify the elements of a Chicago notes and bibliography citation
  • Format a note and bibliography entry in Chicago style

ASA Style Citation

  • Recognize the ASA core elements
  • Format basic citations for a References page in ASA style
  • Format in-text citations in ASA style

Import Library Modules

  1. Go to Canvas Commons
  2. Search for SMU Libraries
  3. Import module (instructions)


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