Information Literacy Modules (tutorials):
The Library has created five Information Literacy Modules (ILMs) for our students. The content of the ILMs are general and applicable to all subject areas. The five ILMs are located in Blackboard and can be embedded into your course.
Each module has an assessment, a survey and each takes about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. A certificate is issued upon completion. The ILMs are content rich, which is why it is important to assign them throughout the semester, rather than all at one time.
The Five ILMs are:
Seven Secrets to Success: online tour of the Library
Choosing a Topic: techniques on how to focus and brainstorm on a topic
Searching, Finding and Evaluating Books: how to successfully perform research using the online catalog
Searching, Finding and Evaluating Articles: how to successfully perform research using subscription databases
Citing and Plagiarism: the importance of plagiarism and the specifics of different style manuals
2012 Directions for Students to Self-enroll or Access the Information Literacy Modules in Blackboard:
Designing Effective Library Assignments
Trivia hunts can be fun, but they usually do not teach students how to use the Library effectively for future research. If you can, please avoid questions which ask for obscure facts without giving the student the research methodology needed.
The best way the reference librarians can be of help is to know in advance what the assignment is so we can prepare for it. Please send a copy of the assignment and its due date to your library liaison so that the librarians can become familiar with it before your students need help regarding it.
Library Assignment Help
Librarians can help educators provide a list of complete citations of useful sources, or types of sources, to be used for a particular assignment. Working with a librarian, you can verify whether or not the Library owns the particular sources your class needs. If you would like help designing a library assignment (taking into account new library services such as web-based databases), please contact your library liason.
Library Class Sessions
Most students can benefit from a course-related library lecture taught by one of the librarians. With this lecture, the librarian outlines research strategies, discusses appropriate sources and their location within the Library, and provides other suggestions for expediting the research process. We also have two classrooms (2134 & 2127) in the Library equipped to give students hands-on experience with various electronic resources. To schedule a lecture, contact your library liason at least 2 weeks in advance of your preferred date.