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English 201A: English Composition (Patchell): Library Information Literacy Assignment and Exam

Course guide for Thomas Patchell's ENGL 201A class, which focuses on the BOTY assignment.


Completion of the Library Information Literacy Assignment:

  • Is a requirement for English 201A
  • Boosts your information literacy
  • Demonstrates how research is a set of behaviors, skills, and ideas that enable you to be a knowledgeable consumer of information your whole life
  • Prepares you to conduct research using tools specific to Cuesta College
  • Guides you through the research process as if you were writing a paper on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).


When you finish you will be able to

  • Choose a topic
  • Form a research strategy
  • Locate books, eBooks, articles, videos, and websites using Cuesta Library
  • Search the Internet for scholarly sources
  • Determine the best sources for your assignment
  • Evaluate your sources, with emphasis on Internet sites
  • Narrow and refine your topic using keywords and phrases
  • Cite your sources in-text and on a Works Cited page
  • Understand plagiarism and academic integrity

Accessing the LILA and Exam

Access Canvas from the Cuesta Homepage.

Log into Canvas with your mycuesta username and password.

Select the English 201A course from the dashboard.

The module includes instructions, discussion board (where you can ask instructors and librarians, if added to the class, questions), assignment, and exam.

Library Information Literacy Assignment Instructions

See the video below for an overview of how to complete the Library Information Literacy Assignment (LILA). Note that your instructor will assign an exam based on the content of the LILA.


There will be an exam based on the content of the LILA. Your instructor will let you know when to complete the exam.


For questions about this assignment:

Post your question(s) to the Information Literacy Discussion Board in your ENGL 201A Canvas course

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