Information Literacy Modules

Interactive Articulate Storyline modules developed to teach undergraduates information literacy skills such as narrowing a topic, evaluating sources and citing.

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About the Project

These modules were developed to assist librarians teaching information literacy instruction in Marquette's First Year English (FYE) program. They have been used in a traditional face to face instruction, flipped classroom instruction or as stand alone online assignments.

The modules were designed using Articulate Storyline 2 Update 10 and were exported as SCORM packages which were then loaded into FYE course sites in Desire2Learn (D2L), Marquette's Learning Management System (LMS).

A more in depth description of how the modules were used in information literacy instruction can be found in the article "Is flipping enough?" in the January 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries News.

Academic Research Introduction

screen shot of introduction to academic research learning objectIntended to provide a brief introduction to academic research. A video explains types of sources, a screencast tutorial demonstrates how to search Academic Search Complete, and students have the opportunity to practice search for an article related to their topic. This information is saved to the D2L course site for review by the instructor and librarian.

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Narrowing a Topic

screen shot of narrowing a topicIn this scenario based activity, students are asked to help 3 of their classmates narrow down their topics. By moving a series of sliders, students aim to develop a research question that is interesting, yet narrow enough to find scholarly sources.

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Boolean Bonanza

screen shot of boolean bonanza moduleStudents are asked to help 3 of their classmates choose the best Boolean search commands for their searches. Venn Diagrams change color and the search statement is dynamically updated as students select the Boolean commands. Constructive feedback is given for each submission and students have an opportunity to construct their own search statement at the end of the tutorial.

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Evaluating Sources

screen shot of evaluating sources learning objectIn this scenario based activity, students are asked to help 4 of their classmates evaluate 3 sources they are considering using for their paper. Students can read the entirety of each source, then write a 2 to 3 sentence explanation of why their classmate should or shouldn’t use the source and why. Based on the concept of Calibrated Peer Review, there is one exemplar source, one substandard source and one bubble source.

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Anatomy of Citations - MLA Style

screen shot of anatomy of citations learning object **UPDATED FOR MLA STYLE 8TH EDITION** Do students eyes glaze over when you begin to talk about citation formats? Show students the value of learning about citations by having them practice on real content! Students must identify the needed parts of 3 real publications and drag them to the appropriate category, i.e. Journal Title, Volume, Page Number. Upon completion of the activity, students are show the MLA citation for each publication.

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Anatomy of Citations - APA Style

screen shot of anatomy of citations apa style moduleIn this activity, students are asked to identify necessary citation information, place the information in the correct citation order and then identify the source type. To begin, the student is shown four sources on the topic of Mars exploration, these questions are for practice and are not graded. The second set of four sources on the topic of refugees is graded. (This module was partially adapted with permission from Grand Valley State University Libraries.)

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Usage of Sources (The Party)

screen shot of usage of sources (the party) learning objectTo practice thinking about what sources work well together, instead of choosing sources, students will choose who to invite to a small dinner party. The goal is to put together a group of guests that will be able to find enough common ground to have interesting conversations.

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Academic Library Word Search

screen shot of academic library word search learning objectLibrary jargon can confuse and confound students. In this game, students are given 5 jargon terms and their definitions and are asked to locate the terms in the jumble of letters.

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Academic Library Memory

screen shot of academic library memory learning objectStudents test their memory skills while also learning about library services. After making a correct match, a post note appears explaining the library service represented by the image.

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Academic Library Hangperson

screen shot of iacademic library hangperson learning objectIntended to provide a brief introduction to academic research. A video explains types of sources, a screencast tutorial demonstrates how to search Academic Search Complete, and students have the opportunity to practice search for an article related to their topic. This information is saved to the D2L course site for review by the instructor and librarian.

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