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ULIB 293: Information Literacy and Research Skills for ESOL Students

ULIB 293 
CRN# 16351
Information Literacy and Research Skills for ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Students
Instructor: Dr. Celia Shi
3 Credit Hours
Tuesday: 11:30-12:45 / Thursday: Online
Spring II 2023

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to information literacy and research skills for ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Students. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. The goal of ULIB 293 is to help improve students’ research knowledge, allowing them to become familiar with U.S. academic library resources. Students will learn database searching, citation, and plagiarism avoidance practices in a classroom designed specifically for ESOL students.  

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

Instructional format

This class is taught in a hybrid modality. Check in-class and online days carefully in the CLASS SCHEDULE section below. Be sure to bring a laptop when we meet in-class. You can bring your own or check one out from the first-floor desk. This course uses a modified flipped classroom model. You will complete homework, quizzes, and other activities on eCampus. All coursework will be focused on finding information to create a summary of research. Then, you will reflect upon this process.

Course Resources


This class does not require any textbooks. Readings and other materials are available  through eCampus. 


This course assumes that you are comfortable performing basic tasks within eCampus, such as sending attachments, taking quizzes, and posting to course discussion boards. The WVU Information Technology Services (ITS) has an excellent help page for students:


Your instructor will communicate with you only through WVU eCampus or your MIX account; therefore, please check WVU eCampus and MIX frequently. Because of the online nature of the course, your instructor will assume that anything that comes to them from your account is from you; therefore, you are responsible for everything they receive from you. Any work and/or messages submitted not written by you will constitute academic dishonesty for this class.


Work must be submitted as a .docx, RTF, or PDF file, so you will need access to a Word processing software such as MS Word or Google Docs. via WVU.

Major Assignments and Assessments 

Final Project | Summary of Research and Reflection Memo: You will submit a 3-5-page summary of research and a 2-page reflection memo reflecting on the research and writing processes.