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Information Fluency Units

Librarians created these modules for use by First Year Seminar instructors.  In addition to including these modules in your syllabus, it is customary for you to meet with your librarian as a class at least once per semester:

1. Information *

2. Get Back(ground)!: Background Information Sources *

    There are many ways to go about getting started finding out about a subject we don't know much about.  Here is an easy way to get accurate, objective, and reliable information to get you started.  The reference collection is huge, how do I find what I need?  What can a librarian do for me?  It also answers the question, "Where do I go from here?"
    [Gary McCool]

3. All the News:  Newspapers

4. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow:  Google and the problems of Ephemera

    We know you love Google.  So do librarians.  How can you be a smart information detective? What are a few of the tricks to finding just what you need on Google?  What are some of the things to look out for when gathering information from the Internet?  When is it appropriate to use Internet sources for scholarly research?
    [Anne Jung-Mathews]

5. Books *

    Books are often still the best sources for in-depth, reliable, and thorough coverage of most issues.  How do you determine the reliability, objectivity, and accuracy of the printed (paper or electronic) word?  Do you have to read the entire book?  What are the best ways to get what you need out of a book quickly?  Do you even have to go to the library to get a book?
    [Alice Pearman]

6. What’s Scholarly?:  Peer-Review and Scholarly Sources on Databases *

7. Bibliographies:  Using Bibliographies and Finding Experts

* [Librarians recommend reviewing at least units 1,2,5, & 6 prior to your library lab sessions.]