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Information Literacy Modules

USP Information Literacy Modules: ANVIL

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The library is offering additional learning objects that supplement the many information literacy instruction opportunities already available. Each module contains a short (~5 minute) video instructing viewers on a discrete information literacy concept as defined by theĀ ACRL1 andĀ AACU2 information literacy standards. Attached to each video is a quiz game assessing understanding of the content covered in the video. See below for links to each module as well as a short description of what the video is about. Polk Library highly recommends assigning the completion of these modules for a grade. For instructors, ANVIL also offers in-depth assessment of the performance of students for each information literacy concept, as specific or as broad as requested.

  • Information cycle: How information is created and disseminated; the types of sources and their creators; the different ways students might use a source on an assignment; benefits and drawbacks to different types of sources.
  • Academic expectations: What is expected from a student when performing college-level research; how to analyze an assignment to understand what types of information is needed; how to choose a topic to research.
  • Searching for information: How to determine search terms to use from a research topic; searching in subject databases provided by the library; searching in the library catalog for resources in the library.
  • Locating information: How to find information in a database from the results screen; how to find resources located in the library; explanation of a call number; explanation of library services such as Universal Borrowing and Interlibrary Loan.
  • Evaluating information: Understanding the difference between scholarly and popular resources; the peer-review process; how to determine if the information will be useful for the assignment; evaluating web sites.
  • Citing/using information: Why sources should be cited; different methods of citing sources in an assignment; differences between common citation styles.
  • Evaluating information: Advanced: How to evaluate information in a scholarly or popular article using the CRAAP test; determining whether Polk Library contains access to a journal article using a citation from a reference list.
  • Connecting research topics to sustainability, civic engagement, and intercultural knowledge: Developing a research topic using mindmapping techniques, and connecting it to sustainability, civic engagement, and intercultural knowledge; developing search terms appropriate for use in research databases; understanding the difference between search terms.
  • Multidisciplinary searching: Determining subjects related to a research topic; understanding where to go to find subject-specific databases; searching in a variety of subject specific databases using related search terms and synonyms.

1 "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education", American Library Association, September 1, 2006.

2 "Information Literacy VALUE Rubric", Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2009.

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