Information Literacy Modules


Information literacy is considered as one of the 21st century skills necessary for students to succeed in this knowledge-based society. To be information literate, one must acquire the ability not only to locate information but also to evaluate and use effectively the information found. Instead of drowning in the abundance of information that are available, an information literate individual knows when to use the information effectively to solve a problem or to make a decision, whether the information comes from a book, a film, the Internet, or any other possible sources.

Through the combination of knowledge as well as a variety of instructional techniques and strategies, the EMC were able to create modules to motivate the students to utilize effectively the resources and services from various sources such as online sources, including virtual libraries.

The ILP course has been modified to fit to the needs of students in an online learning set-up. The topics normally conducted per grade levels were shifted into an adaptive design. The course focuses on teaching various library tools and reference sources as well as how to evaluate information found on different sources. Another topic that is given emphasis is the concept of intellectual property rights, including strategies on how to avoid plagiarism.

The modules are designed asynchronously and are presented into two formats: Google Slide and PDF. It is suggested that each module is taken sequentially, however topics can be taken independently.



Module 1: EMC Orientation

Introduction to EMC services and familiarity with its policies.

    • EMC Orientation

      • Library Orientation
      • ITC Orientation
      • Accessing the EMC Digital Library

 

Module 2: Developing Research Strategy 

Understanding the nature and scope of research assignments.

    • Introduction to Big6 Skills

      • Task definition
      • Information-seeking strategies
      • Location and access
      • Use of information
      • Synthesis
      • Evaluation

 

Module 3: Searching

Demonstrating and understanding the formulation and generation of relevant keywords.

    • Formulating Effective Keywords

 

Module 4: Using of Finding Tools

Understanding appropriate search tools.

Module 5: Retrieving Information from Sources

Recognizing different information formats.

    • Using Online Databases and e-Journals

 

Module 6: Evaluating Information

Evaluating the information quality and sources.

 

Module 7: Understanding Economic, Legal, and Social Issues

Understanding the University policies on plagiarism as well as respecting Intellectual Property Rights.

 

 

 

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