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.
- Library Orientation
- ITC Orientation
- Accessing the EMC Digital Library
Module 2: Developing Research Strategy
Understanding the nature and scope of research assignments.
- Task definition
- Information-seeking strategies
- Location and access
- Use of information
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.
- Basic Internet concepts
- Search engine
- Search strategies and techniques
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.
- Citing a book
- Citing a journal article
- Citing a newspaper article
- Citing a website article
Module 7: Understanding Economic, Legal, and Social Issues
Understanding the University policies on plagiarism as well as respecting Intellectual Property Rights.
- Intellectual Property Codes of the Philippines
- Limitations of copyright
- Ways to avoid plagiarism