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Summary of Introduction Module

The "Introduction" module offers reasons for designing effective research assignments, pre and post tests and correlations with assessment of content required by the Middle States Association (MSCHE) and SUNY Ged ED Framework.  Click the tabs at the top to find each segment; click the buttons on the left side bar to go on to other modules.

Summary of Modules

The Introduction, Pre and Post Tests Module offers reasons for designing effective research assignments, pre and post tests and correlations with assessments from MSCHE and SUNY Gen Ed.

The Getting Started With Research Module describes the research process, from finding a topic to narrowing it to creating a research plan.

The Sources of Information Module describes types of sources with information on selecting and reading them.

The Searching for information Module offers help in choosing a database and keywords.

The Evaluating Information Module discusses authority of information, ways to understand misinformation and evaluating for diverse points of view.

The Presenting and Organizing Information Module discusses synthesizing information for academic writing, writing an annotated bibliography, paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing, academic writing, and oral communication.

The Citations Module offers information and practice using APA and MLA Style citations.

The Information Ethics module discusses plagiarism, digital privacy and digital citizenship.

The Visual and Quantitative Literacy Module offers help with searching for and interpreting images, maps, quantitative data and statistics.

The Using Critical Thinking and Logic Module discusses logical and evidence-based reasoning.

The Culture and Citizenship Module introduces cultural issues, global citizenship, and civic engagement.

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy (IL) refers to the ability to recognize a need for information and to find, analyze, and synthesize materials from books, articles, websites and more that meet that need.  For students, it often means the ability to begin with the requirements for an assignment and write a relevant research question; find materials in any medium that answer the question; analyze their accuracy, currency, and other criteria; and use the materials to create a paper that's complete with citations and other scholarly requirements.

This program, "InfoLit-Core" gives you a "low lift" option to start incorporating information literacy instruction in your class and assignments.  If your class already focuses on information literacy already, InfoLit-Core can complement what you're doing through 60+ videos, tutorials, and assessments.  You can increase instructional time for information literacy by shifting lecture based instruction to homework allowing for hands-on, high impact learning when students come to class.