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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Libraries Information Literacy Modules

Instructions for Using the Modules with Moodle and Blackboard

These modules can be directly embedded into your course on Blackboard or Moodle using the LTI links (orange icons). The PDF instructions below describe how to use these links.  

If you are using the modules with a website other than Moodle or Blackboard, please use the direct links (green icon) to link to each module.

Developing a Research Focus

In this tutorial, students will be introduced to pre-research techniques to determine the scope and depth of their research focus.

Estimated time: 13-15 minutes

How To Narrow Your Topic

Do your students have trouble selecting a topic for a research assignment? This video will outline the process to help students hone in on a compelling research topic with appropriate scope using strategies like strategic searching. Students will also understand the importance of open mindedness and flexibility in the research process.

Estimated time: 3:34

Thesis Statements

Use this video to help students identify the purpose of their research efforts and construct evidence-based statements. Students will learn how to narrow in on a topic, conduct background research, and synthesize the existing body of evidence in order to craft a compelling argument.

Estimated time (video): 4:19

Estimated time (quiz): 5 - 8 minutes

Creating a Research Plan

This video covers the basic components of a research plan and how to craft one appropriate for your research project.

Estimated time: 2:02

Research Strategies

This quiz corresponds with the research plan videos.

Estimated time: 5 - 8 minutes