D.I.Y. Modules for Teaching Research Concepts & Developing Information Literacy
The Do It Yourself Modules & Materials have been created to help faculty develop students’ research skills and information literacy. Faculty are encouraged to adapt materials as needed to suit the needs of their courses. Materials can be linked/added to Blackboard or Canvas. Please contact Elizabeth Dolinger, Information Literacy Librarian, with any questions.
Module One: Developing Topic of Inquiry & Identifying KeywordsBack to top
Module Two: Searching for BooksBack to top
- Books in the Mason Library
- Electronic books — Ebrary and EBSCO
Searching the Mason Library’s catalog will also search for electronic books. However, you could choose to search Ebrary or EBSCO as a separate collection. Ebrary and EBSCO books are interactive: students can highlight and take notes within the book. Ebrary books can be downloaded for offline reading.
Module Three: Search for & Evaluate Information on the WebBack to top
Many of these materials use the C.R.A.P. acronym to introduce four basic criteria for evaluating websites: Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose.
Module Four: Scholarly v. Popular sources & Types of InformationBack to top
Module Five: Searching for Articles & Using Library DatabasesBack to top
- Handouts (handouts on other databases available here; also see “By Resource” in the main menu)
Module Six: Literature ReviewsBack to top
Module Seven: Citations, Plagiarism, & Ethical Use of InformationBack to top
- Videos and Slide Shows
- What is Plagiarism? Educational parody of a typical classic 50’s classroom environment. Created by the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University in Camden NJ.
Other Resources & Materials AvailableBack to top
- Information Literacy Curriculum & Resources by Department
- Discipline specific materials can be created to help develop students’ information literacy throughout their academic major. Contact the department librarian or the Information Literacy Librarian, Elizabeth Dolinger (email@example.com) to discuss department needs.
- Rubric for Information Literacy (Integrative Studies Program)
- Research/Information Literacy sessions
- The department librarian is available to teach sessions to develop information literacy and research skills. Contact the Information Literacy Librarian, Elizabeth Dolinger at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss class needs.
- Pre-tests available Information literacy pre-tests are available for faculty to administer to students to help identify the skill areas in which students need instruction or support. To preview or use a test contact the Information Literacy Librarian, Elizabeth Dolinger at email@example.com
Please contact Elizabeth Dolinger, Information Literacy Librarian at KSC’s Mason Library, if you have comments, questions or ideas regarding the DIY Toolkit.