Wednesday, January 05, 2005

UW-Parkside Information Literacy Tutorial

UW-Parkside Information Literacy Tutorial. I was sent an e-mail over the holidays asking what I thought about this tutorial. Basically, I like it. It is a nice straight forward tutorial with good information. It has a few bell and whistles but not enough to distract from the message. Students might not be enamored with it but many of them will learn.

From the site:

What is Information Literacy?

"Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand" (The National Forum on Information Literacy).

What is the Information Literacy requirement & does it apply to me?

All students entering UW-Parkside with fewer than 90 credits must complete the Information Literacy requirement. Most first-year students are introduced to the requirement in their English 101 class. Transfer students usually complete the requirement independently.

Why is being "information literate" important?

As a student who is information literate, you will be able to locate and use resources for your classes through both the library and the World Wide Web. You will also be able to use these resources effectively at each stage of a project, from defining a topic to critically evaluating the information found. Some of the information literacy skills you'll learn in this tutorial include developing research strategies, learning search techniques, and effectively evaluting resources.

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