How can I become information literate?

Students who are information literate know how to make the best use of information from libraries and the web to support their studies. They know how to search for and find relevant information, assess its quality and then present it clearly in their work. We have selected some resources which will help you to improve your knowledge and skills.   

 

Interactive tutorials

  • AVOIDING PLAGIARISM
    An interactive online tutorial to help students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Online tutorial adapted for a range of different disciplines. Keywords: Information Literacy, Plagiarism.
    http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ssds/sd/ld/resources/study/plagiarism-tutorial 
  • eLIBRARY DEMONSTRATIONS
    Online demonstrations on using eLibrary. University of Birmingham. Keywords: Library usage.
    http://www.elibrary.bham.ac.uk/guide.shtml#demo 
  • GRADUATE INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS GUIDE
    An online-tutorial developed by librarians from university libraries of National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. Keywords: Information Literacy, Library Skills, Electronic Research, Internet Research Skills.
    http://www.informationliteracy.ie/   
  • LEARNMORE
    Collection of online tutorials and learning materials. They are all written specially for the site and are designed to help new law students learn important skills. Keywords: Information Literacy, Library Skills, Electronic Research, Internet Research Skills.
    http://learnmore.lawbore.net/index.php/Welcome_to_Learnmore%21
  • OLAS – Information Literacy Online
    An online-tutorial developed by an expert group of librarians from Waterford Institute of Technology. Keywords: Information Literacy, Library Skills, Electronic Research, Internet Research Skills.
    http://library.wit.ie/olas/
  • ONLINE TUTORIALS
    A collection of interactive online tutorials covering general information literacy concepts as well as specific, discipline-related skills. Most of the tutorials are accompanied by online quizzes designed to measure student learning outcomes.
    http://tutorials.sjlibrary.org/tutorial/index.html 

  • SAFARI
  • A guided expedition through the information world” designed to teach information literacy and electronic research skills. Keywords: Information Literacy, Library Skills, Electronic Research, Internet Research Skills. http://www.open.ac.uk/safari
    SWIM (Streaming Webbased Information Modules). Aalborg University Library, Denmark. Aalborg University Library has developed this multimedia system. They have applied interactive video sequences in the product creating a social simulation where the user is an active communication member of a project group. Keywords: Information Literacy, Library Skills, Electronic Research, Internet Research Skills, Assignment writing, Project work, Collaboration. http://www.swiminfo.dk/index.html


Guides, Tutorials

  • APOIO ONLINE (UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO LIBRARY)
    Offers tutorials to help library users how to search on the library databases as well as practical issues as loans renewal etc. Keywords: Virtual Learning, Online Tutorials. Language: Portugese. www.doc.ua.pt/ 
  • BRUNEL UNIVERSITY STUDY SKILLS GUIDE
    An electronic guide to some of the best ways to study. Keywords: Information Literacy, Research Skills.
    http://people.brunel.ac.uk/~mastmmg/ssguide/sshome.htm
  • ENGAGE IN RESEARCH
    An interactive on-line resource designed to help undergraduate science students with all aspects of the scientific research process. Keywords: Information Literacy, Research Skills. http://www.engageinresearch.ac.uk/
  • FINDING AND USING INFORMATION
    Designed to help both postgraduate and undergraduate students find resources for their research, essays or projects. Developed by University of Glasgow. Keywords: Information Literacy, Research Skills.
    http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/library/howtofindinformation/findingusinginformation/
  • INFOSKILLS
    Infoskills is the Library's information skills training programme. It offers you a smarter way of working as a student and can help you find the quality information you need for your assignments quickly - giving you time to enjoy the things you really want to do. Keywords: Information Literacy, Research Skills
    http://www.library.mmu.ac.uk/help/infoskills/index.php
  • INFOSUSS
    INFOSUSS: Information Literacy Tutorial. University of Sussex Online GUIDE to Harvard and both numeric styles and produced in clear, readable text; includes a helpful referencing quiz. Keywords: Information Literacy, Research Skills.
    http://www.sussex.ac.uk/library/infosuss/referencing/n_intro.shtml
  • INTERNET DETECTIVE
    Website and WebCT Object. Created by the University of Bristol & Intute. Keywords: Information Literacy, Research Skills.
    http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/
  • LEARNINGSPACE. OU
    Finding Information guides. There are 11 of these – one for each topic area (Arts and History, Business and Management, Education, Health and Lifestyle, IT and Computing, Mathematics and Statistics, Modern Languages, Science and Nature, Society, Study Skills and Technology), in the new OpenLearn "LearningSpace". Keywords: Tutorials, Guides, "How to" Guides. http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/ 
  • ONLINE-TUTORIAL INFORMATIONSKOMPETENZ (INFORMATION COMPETENCE)
    An online-tutorial developed by an expert group of librarians from university libraries of North Rhine Westfalia and other german Bundeslaender. Language: German. www.informationskompetenz.de/regionen/nordrhein-westfalen/online-tutorial-informationskompetenz/
  • ONLINE TUTORIALS
    BI Norwegian School of Management. Short online tutorials presenting a selection of main library databases. Keywords: Virtual learning, OnlineTutorials, Databases. www.bi.no/Content/Article____57714.aspx
  • VTS (VIRTUAL TRAINING SUITE)
    Resource Discovery Network. Offers free tutorials to help students, lecturers and researchers improve their Internet information literacy and IT skills; also has quizzes and interactive exercises to lighten the learning experience, and the subjects range from business studies to hairdressing to adult numeracy. Keywords: Virtual Learning, Online Tutorials, Online Help, Virtual Learning. www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/
  • WRITING SKILLS TUTORIAL
  • An interactive resource for students divided into different stages such as 'getting started' and 'time management'. The site guides you through the essay writing process right through to the completion of the assignment. Keywords: Information Literacy, Research Skills.
    http://skills.library.leeds.ac.uk/tutorials/writing_tutorial/player.html


Helpdesk, support

  • ASK THE LIBRARY
    Librarian on Duty guides you to quality information sources, instructs how to choose a search strategy and helps out with information searching. Keywords: Library Services, Online Help, Helpdesk, Learner Support.
    www.fragabiblioteket.se/Default_eng.asp 
  • BIBLIOTEKSVAGTEN.DK
    Biblioteksvagten is a national, web based library information service. A joint service of public and research libraries. It is supported by the Danish National Library Authority. Keywords: Library, Services, Online Help, Helpdesk, Learner Support. 
    http://www.biblioteksvagten.dk/
  • LIBRARIANS ON CALL.OU
    Service from the OU for online assistance via chat with a librarian. Available as a link from each page of the OU Library website. Keywords: Library Services, Online Help, Helpdesk, Learner Support.
    http://library.open.ac.uk/index.html# 
  • "ASK A LIBRARIAN" SERVICE
    University of Edinburgh Library. Electronic Reference Service for the students and staff of Edinburgh University. Keywords: Electronic Reference Service, Online Help, Helpdesk. http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/qp/
  • ELITE PROJECT
    University of Leicester. The ELITE project at University of Leicester incorporated a web-based interface, chat reference service, and web forms for reference questions. The project finished in 2000, so this is just an example of what can be done. Keywords: Helpdesk, Reference Questions, Online Help.
    http://www.le.ac.uk/li/distance/