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ENG 310 Research Writing: Information Literacy Modules

Information Literacy Modules

The Information Literacy Modules (ILM) were developed by the Library to assist you with locating, accessing and evaluating information for your coursework.
The ILM is located in your ENG310 Canvas course and consists of an Introduction, a Pre-Test, Five Module Sections, and a Post-Test.
First, view the introduction section and take the pre-test.You will complete the post-test after your face-to-face library orientation (for classes at one of the university locations), or after completing all of the modules (for online courses). 
  • If you need assistance, please contact the library by email at  . Compose and submit your support requests. You should receive a response within 24-48 hours.
  • This orientation should take anywhere between 1- 4 hours to complete, depending on your computer savviness, information literacy skills, and reading speed.
  • There is a 20 question pre and post test to assess your knowledge of the information contained in the associated module. You need a minimum score of 80% on the post test (16 correct out of 20) to pass, however, you can take the post-test as many times as necessary to pass.

Module Topics and Learning Outcomes

Module 1 Framing a Research Question

When finished with this module, you will be able to:

  • select a research topic and develop research questions
  • effectively research your topic and formulate a thesis statement
  • focus your topic and list relevant keywords for research

Module 2 Locating and Accessing Information

When finished with this module, you will be able to:

  • use appropriate keywords or subject terms to locate information
  • choose a database appropriate to your research needs
  • locate an article on your topic
  • understand database tools
  • search the library catalog

Module 3 Evaluating Resources

When finished with this module, you will be able to:

  • identify different material formats
  • use criteria to evaluate sources
  • recognize the difference between scholarly vs popular publications
  • evaluate Internet sources

Module 4 Using Information for a Specific Purpose

When finished with this module, you will be able to:

  • Reflect on the quality of the search process.
  • Devise strategies for assessing and improving on your information search efforts.
  • Understand the importance of organizing your search results.
  • Integrate this new information into your personal knowledge base.
  • Think critically about your research topic.

Module 5 Copyright, Fair Use, APA and Plagiarism

When finished with this module, you will be able to

  • Adhere to copyright laws
  • Observe fair use of print and online sources
  • Consistently document sources using APA writing and citation style
  • Demonstrate understanding of plagiarism