New Discover Course for Transfer Students

Congratulations transfer students! You made it to Loyola Marymount University! Now, we need to make sure you are up to speed on how to use the William H. Hannon Library for your research assignments. Enter our new Discover course: “Research and Library Essentials for Transfer Students.”

What is a discover course?

Brightspace allows you to search for and self-enroll in self-paced courses (aka discover courses) as long as you have an LMU email. “Self-paced” means that you can learn at your own pace and on your own time. There are no deadlines, formal meetings, or credits earned for these courses. This provides you flexibility and control over your personal learning goals. You can access discover courses by logging on to Brightspace and clicking the discover tab at the top of the page.

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Who is this course for?

This course is designed for students who did not complete their first year of undergraduate college courses at LMU. This is usually transfer students, but LMU graduate students, faculty, and staff are also welcomed to enroll.

First year students at LMU are introduced to the library and research resources in their First Year Seminar and Rhetorical Arts classes. Since transfer students come in to LMU after their first year of undergraduate studies, they do not receive this crucial instruction. While librarians are always available to answer questions, this in depth instruction is often missed. We hope to fill this gap with this discover course by providing transfer students with the same information that first year students receive plus a little extra.

Why take this course?

We wish to provide you with information on using the library for your research needs. The Research and Library Essentials for Transfer Students course will provide essential information for conducting research including forming a balanced research question, finding relevant sources using the library, and evaluating sources for your assignments.

While this is a self-paced course for you to study on your own time, remember that librarians are always here to help through our 24/7 Ask-a-Librarian chat service or research consultations.

Course Breakdown:

Information Literacy Tutorials

  • Academic Honesty Tutorial
  • Starting Your Assignment
  • Types of Information
  • Finding Books
  • Finding Articles

Finding Sources (advanced)

  • Google Scholar
  • Course Reserves
  • Off Campus Access
  • OneSearch+
  • E-books
  • Primary Sources
  • Interlibrary loans

Evaluating Sources

  • RADAR Framework

If you have any questions about this course, please contact Instructional Design Librarian Darlene Aguilar.

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