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About the Modules

About the Library's Canvas Research Modules

  • Modules were created with our ELAC students' needs in mind. 
  • Module icon with text ELAC Library: OneSearch & Database BasicsThe content is multi-modal and includes a mix of text, image, videos, handouts, and quizzes.
  • All content is 100% customizable, so professors can easily edit the modules to fit their course. 
  • All content is ADA compliant. Images include alt-text, videos contain closed-captions, and text content uses the proper hierarchy needed for easy screen-reading.
  • Modules are easy to import into your Canvas shells, easy to edit, and easy to access (no extra sign-in needed for students).

Modules Available

Library Research Modules Available

  • OneSearch & Database Basics
    • A basic overview of our library resources, and an introduction to searching in OneSearch and databases.
  • Organizing Your Research
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A quick overview of how to create and format an annotated bibliography and research paper outline.
  • Citing in MLA (9th Edition)
    • ​​​​​​​A quick overview of plagiarism and citing in MLA style.
  • Citing in APA (7th Edition)
    • ​​​​​​​A quick overview of plagiarism and citing in APA style.
  • Evaluating Sources
    • ​​​​​​​Reviews tips and techniques for evaluating print and online sources.
  • Primary Sources
    • ​​​​​​​A quick overview of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
  • Library Workshops
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Includes all of our video workshops with corresponding Canvas quizzes.

How to Import the Modules

Ready to Import?

Watch the video tutorial below:


Or follow these step-by-step directions:

  1. Login to Canvas with your LACCD credentials.
  2. Get to the Canvas Commons.
    • Click on your course’s Canvas shell. On the right, under “Course Status” click on “Import from Commons”
    • Alternatively, you can click directly on the Canvas Commons logo in the left-menu to get to the Commons; it looks like a C with an arrow.
  3. In the Commons, search for “ELAC Library” to see the research modules available. Sort by "Latest" to see updated modules.
  4. Click on the title of a module to see more details about the module and its contents.
  5. When you're ready to import a module, click on the “Import/Download” button.
    • The "Import" option will import the entire module to the Canvas shell(s) you select as a published module at the end of your course.
    • The "Download" option will download the module as an imscc file to your computer. You can save this file and upload it to your Canvas shells at a later time.
  6. Once you're done, you can edit the module(s) in your shells: add content, remove content, edit the quizzes, whatever you need; the content is now yours!



  • Should I embed these modules?
    • If you teach or expect any level of information literacy skills in your course, you should embed one or more of these modules. Scaffolding research and information literacy reinforces skills and supports student success.
  • What if I already book library orientations?
    • Though we try, research skills cannot be learned in a one-hour library orientation. These modules are meant to supplement library orientations. The modules are great to assign as homework before a library visit.
  • Can any faculty person access these modules?
    • Yes! These modules are available in the Canvas Commons for all instructors. However, you must login to Canvas with your faculty credentials to import or download them.
  • Are the modules customizable?
    • Yes! All modules are fully customizable once they are imported into your shells. We encourage faculty to add subject-specific context to all of our modules.
  • Do the modules contain quizzes?
    • Yes! Each module contains a graded quiz which you can customize.
  • Which modules should I import?
    • This depends on your course, assignments, and SLOs. Contact a librarian listed below for help or suggestions.

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