If you are like most students faced with doing a research assignment, you will go to a search engine like Google, but are you aware of the issues with Google Searching? Check out this
short eye-opening video before you go any further!
Every day we are inundated with vast amounts of information. As a college student, it is important to master the skills needed to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation. This new type of literacy also requires competency with communication technologies, including computers and mobile devices that can help in our day-to-day decision making. You may have heard of the term "Information Competency," but we could just as well refer to it as "Information Fluency" or, better, "Information Accuracy."
The Information Cycle
Libraries provide gateways to all kinds of information. Understanding the "Information Cycle" -- how information is published and made available is crucial to knowing the best, most accurate sources. Take a look at this video from the University of Washington to see how information is created!
Consult a Librarian!
Librarians ̶ professional information managers ̶ collect, classify, organize, and provide access to information. The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. Now that the Internet can lead you to vast amounts of information, librarians stand ready to help you develop strategies for finding and using the most appropriate and authoritative information for your research. That is what this online course is all about: learning how to find high-quality, accurate information.
Whether your information need is to find course-related research (e.g. writing a research paper with a defendable thesis), or everyday life research (e.g. finding out the side effects of a medication prescribed to you), this online class will teach you how to navigate the world of information with confidence and savvy.
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General Information Literacy Modules
Unit 1: The Research Process
Unit 2: The Web
Unit 3: Reference Sources
Unit 4: Online Databases
Unit 5: Circulating Books
Unit 6: Associations
Unit 7: Writing and Citing
Unit 8: Annotated Bibliography