What Is Information Literacy?
This guide contains tutorials and quizzes for UK 101/201.
How do you find the information you need for a research assignment, for work, or for life?
Information literacy may be referred to as inquiry, critical thinking skills, research skills, or lifelong learning.
Learning where to look and how to find the information you need is a key component of information literacy.
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What Is the Research Process?
The research process is a series of steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.
Step 1. Develop Your Topic Developing a good research question can sometimes be the most difficult part of the research process. Watch Developing a Topic and take Quiz 1
Step 2. Search Strategies What is a search term? Brainstorm for ideas. Watch Generating Search Terms and take Quiz 2
Step 3. Find Credible Sources Learn why library research databases are your best choice for college level research. Watch What Is a Library Database? and take Quiz 3.
Step 4. Popular and Scholarly Sources Learn the difference between Popular and Scholarly Articles. Watch Popular and Scholarly Sources and take Quiz 4.
Step 5. Evaluating Sources How can you tell if a source is reliable and appropriate for your assignment? Watch Evaluating Internet Sources and take Quiz 5
Information Literacy Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be able to define an information need in order to construct an effective research strategy.
2. Students will be able to construct an effective research strategy in order to identify a variety of relevant information sources.
3. Students will be able to identify and select relevant information sources in order to analyze and interpret the information.
4. Students will be able to analyze and interpret information in order to evaluate, synthesize and draw conclusions.