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Information Literacy Modules

  • Basics
    • Basic understanding of the Internet
    • Distinguish scholarly from popular communication
    • Distinguish primary from secondary information sources

  • Information Cycles
    • Acquire a basic understanding of information production and distribution
    • Identify differences among information source types

  • Topics
    • Select an appropriate topic for research
    • Generate questions from a topic
    • Broaden and narrow a question
    • Identify key concepts and vocabularies related to a topic
    • Broaden and narrow concepts and vocabularies related to a topic

  • Searching
    • Distinguish a database from other types of information collections
    • Identify the coverage of a database
    • Understand the concept of field, or advanced searching in a database
    • Construct effective search queries using logical operators and related strategies

  • Finding
    • Determine the nature of a source from a citation
    • Use citations to find physical sources
    • Locate sources using classification systems
    • Basic understanding of library collections and services

  • Evaluating
    • Develop a basic set of criteria for evaluating your search strategy
    • Develop a basic set of criteria for evaluating information sources