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Information Literacy Programs: Home

This Guide is a platform or gateway to all of the information literacy programs, courses, materials, and tutorials offered for faculty and students.

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Navigating the Library’s Homepage

  • How to find books on the shelves using the Library of Congress classification system.
  • How to find Books, Ebooks, Reference Books, articles and more using the library’s online catalog.
  • Using the library’s services and finding tools (Libguides, Interlibrary Loan, Tutorials, Periodicals A-Z, Ask-A-Librarian, Consultation one-on-one
  • Using the Refine options of the Catalog
  • Information Literacy Program (Credo’s Instruct)

Using Different Sources for Your Research

  • Finding background information
  • Scholarly Journals, magazines, newspapers, trade publications
  • Types of sources: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary
  • Finding news
  • Identifying fake news
  • How to determine the reliability of a web site
  • Ethics in information use. How to avoid plagiarism

Finding Resources Using the Databases

  • Introduction to databases
  • How to find databases in JWL’s webpage
  • General tools provided by the databases
  • Identifying key-words and related narrower/broader terms
  • Introduction to Boolean Logic
  • Introduction to search strategies

Advanced Database Search

  • Choosing a topic using mind map
  • Determining a manageable topic
  • Using the subject guides to find databases & other  resources
  • Using specific databases customized for your assignment

Advanced Search Strategies

  • Developing search strategies
  • Limiting and broadening the search
  • Using thesaurus, controlled vocabulary,  and subject headings
  • Identifying Different types of studies (expert opinion, case study, systematic review, etc.)
  • Integrating information from different sources (Using Google Scholar)

Evaluating and Citing Sources

  • How to determine the reliability of a website
  • How to identify scholarly articles
  • Ethics in information use (Academic Integrity)
  • Citing Sources in APA, MLA, and Turabian)
  • How to use Endnote





Structuring Your Research

  • Developing the proposal for IRB
  • Developing the research questions
  • Writing the literature review
  • AU Standards for Written Works
  • Creating a research Diary
  • Data Management/Archives

Using Specialized Databases

  • Using Specialized Databases (Web of Science, ERIC, PubMed, JSTOR, Proquest Dissertations & Thesis)
  • Advanced search strategies
  • Setting up an article alert system
  • Measuring the quality of research (Determining reliability)
  • How to identify a scholarly paper

Publishing your Research

  • Identifying high impact journals
  • The publishing life-cycle
  • Copyright
  • Academic Integrity
  • Citation Management Tool (Endnote)
  • Managing the scholarly online persona
  • Scientific collaboration tools



Information Literacy Modules (CREDO)

This Module presents six general topics, including  videos,  tutorials, Quizzes, and pre and pos tests.

The general topics are:

  • Getting Started with Research
  • Sources of Information
  • Searching for Information
  • Evaluating Information
  • Presenting Research & Data
  • Citations and Academic Integrity

Resources for Faculty

As Faculty, you can integrate Credo's resources, Information Literacy and Critical Thinking more deeply into your courses. If you would like to use this tool in your courses, please click on the link below to access the Credo Resources guide that the DLiT department has created.

This guide offers a demo of all the resources that are available to you, and you can simply import them into your course(s).

If you need further instructions or have questions, please contact DLiT at (269) 471-3960.

Tutorials and Activities

This page includes links to background information, articles,

activities and other tools to teach Information Literacy

Critical Thinking Modules (CREDO)

Training Options

The library can provide several options to assist your students to develop information literacy skills.

  • Have a librarian present a workshop or a series of workshops in your class
  • Make an appointment with a librarian to take your class to the library's lab for one or more workshops
  • Embed specific topics (tutorials, videos, quizzes)  into your Moodle syllabus
  • Plan a group video presentation using Zoom or Skype
  • Require students to take the self-paced CREDO's Instruct and Critical Thinking modules here.

Reference / Database / Off-campus Services Librarian

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Silas Marques
Room 222, Main Floor, James White Library
(269) 471-6263