Old Dominion University Libraries

Information Literacy Modules

In an effort to assist faculty developing courses to meet the general education information literacy requirements for Fall 2010, the library has created several modules based on the information literacy course called Research in the Information Age, offered through the College of Arts and Letters for several semesters. The modules address information literacy standards developed by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

As a faculty member, you may import the modules into your Blackboard course pages. You may choose individual modules, or you may choose to use them all. Self-assessment activities are included within each module, and a quiz for each module is available for use within BlackBoard.

Please note that these modules do not constitute a 3-credit course. Faculty will need to incorporate additional components of information literacy as well as assignments, quizzes, and other assessment measures.


Instructions for Using Modules in Blackboard:

Click the "Review" links below to review the materials and decide which module/s you want to use.

To download individual modules into your Blackboard course, use the "Bb Download" links attached to the module information. Each download will create a button in your navigation panel.

Preferred: To download the entire set of modules, use this link: Blackboard Download Set. One button labelled "Info Lit Modules" will be created.

Blackboard Import Instructions:

  1. Right-click the Blackboard link and select "Save Target as".
  2. Save the file to your computer.
  3. In your Blackboard course, select "Control Panel."
  4. Under "Organization Options," select "Import Package."
  5. Under #2, browse to locate the file on your computer. Then "Open."
  6. Under #4, select "Content."
  7. Then, "Submit."
  8. Edit and add your own assignments, quizzes, etc to the Blackboard page.

For more information, contact Karen Vaughan kvaughan@odu.edu

Modules

1. Information BASICS
After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • identify and describe two distinct types of research
  • describe characteristics of information sources
  • differentiate between scholarly and popular sources; primary and secondary sources
  • identify a variety of formats in which information is available
  • describe the cycle of information creation and dissemination

Review

rev. 9/12/2012

may take
1-1.5 hours

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2. DEFINING the Information Need
After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • formulate questions based on your information need
  • develop a research plan and timeline
  • explore general information sources to increase familiarity with a topic
  • describe ways to develop and refine a research topic or question to achieve a manageable focus
  • identify key concepts and terms that describe the information need
  • identify different types, formats and uses of information sources

Review

rev. 9/12/2012

may take
1-1.5 hours

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3.  SEARCHING for Information Sources
After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • explain the basic differences between the Deep Web and the Open Web
  • determine what type of search tool to use for which type of source -- databases, search engines, library catalogs, digital libraries
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of types of databases.
  • describe how search engines work
  • write an effective search statement using various techniques including:
    • demonstrate the use of Boolean operators AND and OR
    • demonstrate truncation of search terms
    • demonstrate an understanding of both subject and keyword searching
    • identify and use limit features to refine a search
  • apply various search statements and different terminology using different search tools

Review

rev. 9/25/2012

may take
1.5-2 hours

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4.  LOCATING Information Sources
After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • describe the ways libraries organize information, including classification systems
  • use the library catalog to identify sources held by the ODU Libraries
  • find print materials (e.g., books, government documents) in the ODU Libraries
  • use the library Web site to identify various sources and services
  • find journals in the ODU Libraries and from the library's Web site
  • identify sources for finding information not available through ODU Libraries
  • identify and use interlibrary loan

Review

rev. 9/12/2012

may take
up to 1 hour

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5. EVALUATING Information Sources
After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • describe the importance of evaluating sources for quality
  • describe several criteria to use in judging quality, including currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose
  • determine if the information need has been satisfied or if additional information is needed

Review

rev. 9/25/10

may take
up to 1 hour

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6. CITING Information
After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • describe why it is necessary to cite information sources accurately and completely
  • demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • describe what kinds of information sources require citing (both quoted and paraphrased text, images, ideas, etc)
  • identify the basic components of a standard reference
  • identify at least 3 commonly used citation styles and which disciplines use them
  • demonstrate where to go to get help with creating a reference
  • demonstrate how to use EndNote to download a reference from a database

Review

rev. 9/25/2012

may take
up to 1 hour

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7. ETHICS of Information
After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of why the U.S. has copyright laws and reasons for respecting those laws
  • explain what 'public domain' refers to
  • define plagiarism accurately, including its relevance not just to text but also to images and ideas
  • demonstrate ways to avoid plagiarism
  • explain why plagiarism is harmful and to whom
  • define the "digital divide" and give examples of this phenomenon in the U.S. and abroad
  • explain how the "digital divide" relates to the ethics of information access
  • locate needed assistance for writing papers

Review

rev. 9/25/2012

1-1.5 hours

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INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDES

1. How to Find Data and Statistics

2. How to Find Images, Music, and Video

3. General Orientation to the Library -- Captivate Video (~15 min.)

   

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