Online Library Assignment

About the Assignment

Originally designed for students in first-year writing courses, the Online Library Assignment now serves as a general tutorial on using basic search strategies and tools.

The tutorial is designed as a series of tasks and questions and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

At the end, you will have the opportunity to email a copy of your results to yourself and anyone else you wish to. You may want to save this email for future reference, as this assignment is used in several first-year courses.

How It Works

Once you start the tutorial, your screen will be split into two separate parts. On the left, you'll find instructions to follow, tasks to complete, and questions to answer. On the right is your workspace; you'll see the library's web site, which you will use to complete the tasks and answer the questions.

A few things to note:

  • You must complete this exercise in one session; you cannot stop in the middle and pick up later where you left off.
  • Some actions in the assignment will cause a new window to open; you can close these when you're finished with them (but don't close the window with the assignment, or you'll have to start over).
  • If you're completing this for a course, your professor may choose to include your score in your grade; make sure the name you provide is one your instructor will recognize.
  • If you are required to share the results with your professor, make sure you have their email address handy before you start.
Working from Off Campus

If you are completing the assignment from home or another off-campus location, you'll want to be sure you can log in to our databases:

  1. Open a new browser window.
  2. Go to (this will open in a new browser window or tab)
  3. Enter the student number and password you use for myUFV (or, if you're an employee, your employee login and password).
  4. If you see a page with a database menu, you were successful and can close the browser window.
  5. If you were not successful, you will need to resolve your connection issues before completing the assignment; contact the library for assistance, or complete it in the library or a computer lab.
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