All resources in Library and Information Literacy

Mapping Your Research Ideas

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This quick, interactive tutorial will help students develop a general topic or idea into a set of exploratory research questions, as well as giving them some next steps in the process of developing a research question. Make sure there is a blank sheet of paper and a pen or pencil handy, and let's get started!

Material Type: Interactive, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: UCLA Library

Rio Salado Student Success Seminar

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In this course, you will explore five areas that will prepare you for achieving success as you pursue your goal of continuing your education. Modules include: Strategies for Staying on Course, Study Habits and Skills, Effective Communication, Initiative and Motivation, and Career Exploration

Material Type: Full Course, Lecture, Reading

Research Evaluation Metrics

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This module dwells on a number of methods (including old and new) available for research evaluation. The module comprises the following four units: Unit 1. Introduction to Research Evaluation Metrics and Related Indicators. Unit 2. Innovations in Measuring Science and Scholarship: Analytical Tools and Indicators in Evaluation Scholarship Communications. Unit 3. Article and Author Level Measurements, and Unit 4. Online Citation and Reference Management Tools. Brief overviews of the units are presented below. Unit 1 encompassed and discussed citation analysis, use of citation-based indicators for research evaluation, common bibliometric indicators, classical bibliometric laws, author level indicators using authors' public profiles, article level metrics using altmetric tools. It is to be noted that author level indicators and article level metrics are new tools for research evaluation. Author level indicators encompasses h index, citations count, i10 index, g index, articles with citation, average citations per article, Eigenfactor score, impact points, and RG score. Article level metrics or altmetrics are based on Twitter, Facebook, Mendeley, CiteULike, and Delicious which have been discussed. All technical terms used in the Unit have been defined. Unit 2 deals with analytical tools and indicators used in evaluating scholarly communications. The tools covered are The Web of Science, Scopus, Indian Citation Index (ICI), CiteSeerX, Google Scholar and Google Scholar Citations. Among these all the tools except Indian Citation Index (ICI) are international in scope. ICI is not very much known outside India. It is a powerful tool as far Indian scholarly literature is concerned. As Indian journals publish a sizable amount of foreign literature, the tool will be useful for foreign countries as well. The analytical products with journal performance metrics Journal Citation Reports (JCR®) has also been described. In the chapter titled New Platforms for Evaluating Scholarly Communications three websites i.e. SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) [],, and one software called Publish or Perish (POP) Software have been discussed. Article and author level measurements have been discussed in Unit 3. Author and researcher identifiers are absolutely essential for searching databases in the WWW because a name like D Singh can harbour a number of names such as Dan Singh, Dhan Singh, Dhyan Singh, Darbara Singh, Daulat Singh, Durlabh Singh and more. The, launched by Thomson Reuters, is a web-based global registry of authors and researchers that individualises each and every name. Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is also a registry that uniquely identifies an author or researcher. Both have been discussed in this Unit. Article Level Metrics (Altmetrics) has been treated in this Unit with the discussion as to how altmetrics can be measured with and Altmetrics for Online Journals has also been touched. There are a number of academic social networks of which,,, etc. have been discussed. Regional journal networks with bibliometric indicators are also in existence. Two networks of this type such as SciELO – Scientific Electronic Library Online, and Redalyc have been dealt with. The last unit (Unit 4) is on online citation and reference management tools. The tools discussed are Mendeley, CiteULike, Zotero, Google Scholar Library, and EndNote Basic. The features of all the management tools have been discussed with figures, tables, and text boxes. This is Module Four of the UNESCO's Open Access Curriculum for Researchers. Full-Text is available at

Material Type: Full Course, Module, Textbook, Unit of Study

Author: Anup Kumar Das

Research Success - a self-paced information literacy mini course

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What is information literacy? Simply put, it's the skills and habits that allow you to find and use information. At MCC it is a Core Learning Outcome -- one of the areas you will demonstrate competency in before you graduate. In the Academic Catalog, MCC states that Information Literacy is: "The ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand." The way information literacy is assessed at MCC is through research assignments. When you see instructions that ask you to find, use and cite sources, you're doing research. This course will help you succeed in research assignments. It is divided into five self-paced chapters that progress through the stages of a student research process. Each chapter should take roughly 30 minutes to complete, and covers two to three learning outcomes that align with the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, adopted by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2016. This course is adapted by Deb Baker from "Information Literacy for College Students" by Amanda Burbage & Olivia Reinauer, licensed under CC BY 4.0. Many resources included in the course have been reused/remixed and may hold different versions of Creative Commons licenses. Please note that if you use or adapt any of the individual resources this course, you should abide by the licensing for that specific resource.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Amanda Burbage, Deb Baker, Olivia Reinauer

Deepfakes: Exploring Media Manipulation

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Students examine what deepfakes are and consider the deeper civic and ethical implications of deepfake technology. In an age of easy image manipulation, this lesson fosters critical thinking skills that empower students to question how we can mitigate the impact of doctored media content. This lesson plan includes a slide deck and brainstorm sheet for classroom use.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan

Author: Shana Ferguson

Fact or Fiction? Evaluating Media in a “Post-Truth” World

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In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries chose "post-truth" as the word of the year. As literacy has shifted from published hardcopy to an online landscape, it is more important than ever to engage and empower students in navigating the complicated battleground of fake news verses responsible, fact-based news. In this multi-day lesson, students will 1) examine terms associated with “fake news” and evaluate sources for their reliability and authenticity, and 2) develop a set of norms for responsible use of online news sources that spans academic and personal interaction with media.Cover image: "Fake news" by pixel2013 from

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Alyssa King, MSDE Admin


Facts or Fake News? Evaluating Media in a “Post-Truth” World

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The amount of information being consumed on a daily basis is staggering and often leads to "information overload." As literacy has shifted to a digital landscape, it is even more imperative for consumers, especially students, to learn how to navigate this environment. This multi-day lesson helps students 1) examine terms associated with "fake news" and how to evaluate them for reliability and authenticity, and then 2) develp a set of skills to help them continue to evaluate sources for both academic and personal needs."Fake News Image" by Pxfuel logo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Janelle Coady

Analyzing Informational Text

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In this lesson students use the Informational Text Analysis Tool to deconstruct the essential elements of informational text. Informational text is more important to teachers than ever before, especially with the rise of the new Core standards. The Library of Congress is an excellent resource for finding and using texts to build students' reading skills.Through a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational and primary source texts, students build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial

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Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work as your own. It can include copying and pasting text from a website into a project that you're working on, or taking an idea from a book without including a citation to give credit to the book's author. Plagiarism is very common, and the internet has made it even more common. However, if you are careful to cite your sources, it's not too hard to avoid plagiarism.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive

Plagiarism - avoid it at all costs!

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The audio narrated and interactive tutorial introduces what the concept of plagiarism is. It explains how plagiarism can be recognised and includes real-life examples of the impact of plagiarism inside and outside of academia. Strategies on how and why plagiarism is avoided are covered. The tutorial includes a number of self assessment interspersed throughout. This tutorial was adapted from the "Avoid Plagiarism" tutorial developed by IT Tallaght Library, Dublin, Ireland. This resource was created using Articulate Storyline. The resource contains the source file for the online resource found at:

Material Type: Interactive

Author: Jenny Collery

Use Information Correctly Tutorial

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Plagiarism and copyright abuse have increased greatly as more and more people are producing content online. Learn how to use information correctly to create quality content while protecting the intellectual property of others.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Reading

Get the Word Out at McDonalds!

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Students take part in a hypothetical scenario that challenges them to inform customers at a local restaurant of how their use and disposal of plastics relates/contributes to the Great Pacific garbage patch (GPGP). What students ultimately do is research information on the plastics pollution in the oceans and present that information as a short, eye-catching newsletter suitable to hand out to restaurant customers. This activity focuses on teaching students to conduct their own research on a science-technology related topic and present it in a compelling manner that includes citing source information without plagiarism. By doing this, students gain experience and skills with general online searching as well as word processing and written and visual communication.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Andrey Koptelov, Nathan Howell

Instructional Design for Educators

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This course outline examines topics of importance to educators participating in instructional design projects. Topics include needs assessment, adult learning principles, learning objectives, instructional strategies, assessment, implementation and evaluation. Learners will develop a course using media and open educational resources while observing copyright and plagiarism guidelines.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Lana Penny