Online Information Literacy Resources

If you are teaching an Information Literacy course, you need to provide students with explicit instruction in information literacy. One way of providing explicit instruction is to have students complete an online tutorial.  I found several such tutorials described on MERLOT, the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching.

Here are several tutorials that received favorable peer reviews on MERLOT for you to consider:

Info Research 101: Surviving Your Essay:  This tutorial teaches students how to define a topic, choose sources, use search tools, figure out if they have found enough information about their topic, and go through the process of writing the paper.  Read the review of this tutorial on MERLOT.

The VAIL Tutor (Virtual Academic Integrity Laboratory): This tutorial teaches students about plagiarism, avoiding plagiarism, and citing sources.  At the end of the tutorial, students are given a quiz.  Students who successfully complete the quiz receive a certificate of completion.  Read the review of this tutorial on MERLOT. This site won a MERLOT Classics award in 2011.

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals: This video teaches students how to distinguish between a scholarly journals and magazines.  Read the MERLOT review of the tutorial.  This site won a MERLOT Classics award in 2009.

The Information Literacy Game:  This online board game can be played by 1 to 4 people, and the results can be e-mailed to up to 5 addresses.  Read the MERLOT review of the tutorial.

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