A Sampling of

Collected for the LACUNY Institute 2000

Compiled by Prof. Linda Roccos
College of Staten Island Library


INFORMATION LITERACY Gold at Madison * George Mason * Grand Valley * Griffiths *
Minneapolis * Oregon * Texas Tilt * Virgil@WCC * Wisconsin Parkside *

FRESHMEN YEAR Ball State * Boston College EN 010 * Brooklyn College *
Carroll College FYS * Passport at N. Arizona * Villanova Quest *
Washington State ENG 101 * Wisconsin LaCrosse *

DATABASES & SUBJECTS History at Calgary * PsycLit at Walden * EthnicNewsWatch *
PubMed at Florida * Reference at Loyola *


Surf the Web at Cornell * Web Searching at Cornell
Net.Tutor at Ohio * Sage Colleges Web Sleuthing *

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Go for the Gold from James Madison University

From the web page: "Go for the Gold is a set of Web-based instructional modules designed by the Carrier Library reference staff to introduce students to the services and collections in Carrier Library and to teach students basic information-seeking skills.

The new competency-based General Education (GENED) program requires students to meet objectives relating to information-seeking and technology skills. Go for the Gold can be used by students in GENED courses or by anyone else who wants to learn how to find information in the library, in databases, or on the Internet.

The 8 modules in Go for the Gold contain exercises that students may complete online. The exercises are composed of multiple choice questions students may answer by reading the modules and searching appropriate databases. After completing the exercises, they will submit their responses and receive feedback on their performance. Students who wish to improve their score may study the content of the module, redo the questions they missed, and resubmit their responses."

Web Tutorials from George Mason University

From the web page: "Welcome to the George Mason University Libraries' Web Tutorial. This tutorial consists of four modules, designed to help you learn the skills you'll need to do research throughout your college career and beyond!"

The modules are: 1 -- How a database works and the basics of searching; 2 -- How to use the library catalog; 3 -- Finding articles using a database; 4 -- Doing research on the WWW

Library Research Skills from Grand Valley State University

From the web page: "One of the goals of the GVSU Library is to help students become information literate -- i.e., acquire information skills for lifelong learning. The information literate person is one who is able to find, evaluate, and use information effectively. The American Library Association in its brochure Information Literacy: Critical Skills for a Changing World (1994) states:"

"In practical terms information literacy means

understanding the organization of information
understanding information technology
evaluating information critically
using information in problem solving and decision making."

The goals of this tutorial are to help students

1.choose, develop, and implement a research strategy to meet their information needs;
2.locate the resources necessary to meet those needs;
3.evaluate the information found.

Research Tutorial from Griffiths University Library, Queensland, Australia

From Rae-Anne Locke (to BI-L): "contains 7 modules, which generally reflects the cognitive approach to assignments eg. analysing the topic; deciding on the type of information that is needed; introduction to the concept of databases; using both the text and web-based library catalogue and one of the more commonly used services Webspirs; an introduction to the World Wide Web and evaluation of resources.

Some of the modules contain Practice Sessions and each module has an assessment component. If the student completes their details at the front of the screen, their results are recorded on an Excel spreadsheet. Alternately, they can print a certificate with their results on it.

About 95% of all our first year students have to complete the Library Research Tutorial as a mandatory part of one of their subjects. You will need to download Shockwave to complete the simulations and assessment. At the bottom of the front page is a "Software required" link to do this."
Information from Rae-Anne Locke, Griffith University Library, R.Locke@mailbox.gu.edu.au

Get Ready Tutorial for Information Technology from University of Oregon

From the web page: "Welcome! This World Wide Web document (more familiarly, "web page") is our front door. It's an on-line tutorial to introduce "Get Ready" participants to computer tools and resources at the University of Oregon. You can work through any of the sections below, or start with a self-assessment (a "quiz") to see which sections will be most useful for you."

The tutorial has several parts that cover basic computer literacy subjects that college freshmen should obtain such as e-mail, World Wide Web, Janus the UO Library online information system, and the campus computing environment.

The self-assessment quiz provides immediate answers to correct responses from questions about all of the above components and has some funny choices to test your alertness factor, such as "a software package is: a cushion you can buy for a computer to protect it."

Information Literacy Tutorial from Minneapolis Comm. & Technical College

From Ann Ryan (BI-L): "We have a required 1-credit course at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on Information Literacy and Research Skills that includes a competency exam. Students also have the option of credit-by-exam if they feel they can learn the required skills from the online tutorial or feel they have already mastered the skills. The exam is usually administered as a take-home final with approximately 10 days to complete it."

From the web page: "This Tutorial assists students preparing to take the MCTC information literacy competency examination. A person who is information literate understands the following:

The context in which knowledge is produced--including the social, political and economic conditions that shape the production of knowledge
The context in which knowledge is organized--including cataloging and indexing systems and their biases and limitations
How to develop information seeking strategies necessary to access information efficiently and effectively using a variety of sources
How to evaluate information for accuracy, authenticity and bias
How to apply critical thinking skills to integrate new information into one's existing knowledge base
That the free and open communication of ideas is crucial to sustaining a democratic society

TILT - Texas Information Literacy Tutorial

There is a choice of TILT Lite or Full TILT with all the plugins and fully interactive. Although targeted at the Texas Library system, the modules can be used by any library. The three modules include: selecting, searching, and evaluating.

From the web page: "TILT is an educational Web site designed to introduce you to research sources and skills. The tutorial is organized in three modules which you can complete in any order. Each one should take you 30 minutes. All three modules include:

an introduction
a list of key concepts and skills you should learn
main text
a quiz

"You can explore other parts of TILT using the blue bars at the top and bottom of the module screens. General tips are available in HELP, explanations of key terms are offered in WORD, a list of the ideas is shown in CONCEPTS, and access to all pages within a module is available through MAP. You can also tell us what you think using INPUT. At the end of each module is a brief quiz, so feel free to take notes if it will help."

VIRGIL - Virtual Research Guide to Information Literacy

From the web page: "This online tutorial will guide you through the steps of completing research for a term paper. Throughout, you will find self-tests and quizzes designed to reinforce your understanding of the process.

Portfolio assignments at the end of each module are to be printed and handed in.

When you complete the tutorial, you will be able to:

choose a good research topic
plan and complete research
document the sources you have found
For more information contact:
Veronica Kenausis, Westchester Community College/SUNY, veronica.kenausis@sunywcc.edu or
Gloria Meisel, Westchester Community College/SUNY, gloria.meisel@sunywcc.edu

Wisconsin Parkside

From the web page: "This tutorial is made up of six modules, each followed by a quiz. We encourage you to start at the beginning and work your way through the tutorials, taking the quizzes in order. To advance through the tutorial, click on the right arrow at the bottom of each page."

The Modules are: 1. Beginning your Research; 2. Building Research Skills; 3. Finding Books; 4. Finding Periodical Articles; 5. Searching the Web; 6. Evaluating Sources.

Each section has a Review page, with links to various parts of the module. There is a Quiz Page at the end, which needs a login to use.

Some of the Review topics for the first module are:

Looking for topics
Why use books?
What are reference books for?
The Encyclopaedia Britannica online
How do you find out which books the Library owns?
What are periodicals?
Periodical indexes
Computer databases

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Online Research Tutorials from Ball State University

English 101 & 103 Tutorial (for credit) includes a basic introduction to WebCat, the online catalog of the Ball State University Libraries and a basic introduction to Periodical Abstracts Fulltext, an online article database.

English 104 & 114 Tutorial (for credit) includes "Doing Research: Search Strategy (Part I)" to be completed BEFORE attending the library instruction session and covers basic search techniques for finding information in a wide variety of databases. Complete the quiz to receive credit.

The second tutorial includes "Doing Research: Evaluating Sources (Part II)" and should be completed within a week AFTER attending your library session and covers methods of evaluation for both print and electronic resources.

Library Resources for First Year Writing Seminars from Boston College

From the web page:
"This page is designed as a resource for students taking EN010, the First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS), a workshop in which each student develops a portfolio of autobiographical and academic writing. Classes meet to discuss the writing process, the relationship between reading and writing, and conventional and innovative ways of doing research. This page will lead you to information that will support FWS projects and subsequent work.

Information Literacy Tutorials from Brooklyn College

There are many parts to these very extensive tutorials, including: "The Least You Need to Know," "A Close Look At Your Computer," "Your Computer Joins a Network," "Searching the Internet," "Libraries and Information Literacy."

The latter section covers subjects such as:

To understand why libraries will continue to have a place in an age of electronic information.
To recognize the different places you can find libraries.
To discuss the role of the Internet in the Public Library.
To learn how libraries organize and arrange materials.
To understand the use of a library Web page.
To be introduced to the concept of a virtual library.

There is also a section for Pre-Core English, which includes subjects such as: A- Writing vs Speaking: An Overview; B-The Writing Process: Part I- PreWritng Techniques; C-Nuts and Bolts: Parts of Speech; and ends with the important subject: O-Documentation vs. Plagiarism: What is MLA?

Freshman Year Seminar at Carroll College, Wisconsin

From the web page: "FYS100L consists of 7 modules that are essentially tutorials on topics related to computing at Carroll College and using computers in general. Each module includes a quiz that you must pass in order to demonstrate your understanding of the important material. You may work in the FYS100L modules and take the quizzes as often as you like. Your quiz results will be automatically recorded. Passing a quiz means getting only one item incorrect. Successful completion of the labs means that you have passed all 7 quizzes."

"In general, each module begins with the most basic information and works towards more advanced topics. This means that if you are already proficient at the basics of some function you may, if you like, skip directly to the advanced information. Remember, however, that ALL material is covered on the quizzes.

"FYS100L also includes optional in-class tutorials that cover the same information contained in the on-line modules. These are 90-minute presentations that include demonstration of all techniques and procedures and the opportunity to ask questions about anything in the course. You may "drop-in" to these presentations if you like, and attend them all or only those with which you need extra help. Click on the Tutorial Schedule button at the bottom of any page to see the times, locations, and topics for the tutorials."
Information from Janet Price (BI-L), jprice@carroll1.cc.edu

PASSPORT at Northern Arizona University http://www.nau.edu/library/lpe/intro/index.html

From John Doherty (BI-L): "The Passport Experience is very much a pilot project, the first step in our development of a web-based progressive library instruction program. As it stands, it is a basic html and javascript experience, but we have plans to develop it further. Therefore, we'd appreciate your feedback.

The Passport Experience was designed for a Freshman Year Initiative program here at the Northern Arizona University campus. New freshmen can take a one credit elective that introduces them to the various services available on campus. The library is one of the required stops for their "passport".

What we've tried to do with the Library Passport Experience is raise student awareness of what the library offers. It is divided into four sections: an introductory "movie"; an orientation to the building; an orientation to our web services; and a "cohort" experience based on a common reading that all freshmen had to do over the summer that ties everything together."

For more information contact: Kevin Ketchner,Kevin.Ketchner@nau.edu or John Doherty, John.Doherty@nau.edu

QUEST Tutorial from Villanova

From the web page: "This tutorial is designed to take you step by step through a strategy to find and evaluate information on a topic."

The tutorial is a simply designed form. One long page combines text with queries and entry boxes to submit your answers. It covers subjects such as finding an encyclopedia, finding the book citation information, and finding an article in a database. You are allowed to stop the form and return to it at any point. It is adapted from a tutorial at the University of Dayton: http://www.udayton.edu/~library/daynet/flyerstutorial_au.htm

Library Tutorials from Washington State University

Using the English 101 Instructional Modules

From the web page: "Each of these three modules is designed to help with a stage in the research process, and each is followed by an activity which should help you apply the information in the module to your own work. Although they are simple to use, you will need to know some basics of web navigation: if you're unfamiliar with links, the Back button, and scrolling, ask someone to explain these to you before you get started."

The tutorial deals with basic issues like: What is Research? with questions such as: In your opinion, does the following statement seem accurate?
Good researchers can uncover all the information they need in one search.
(Click YES or NO)

Freshmen Seminar Tutorial from Wisconsin-LaCrosse

From the web page: "The authors tried to adhere to the principles of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians' Information Literacy Competencies and Criteria for Academic Libraries in Wisconsin. The tutorial is part of a comprehensive 3-tier approach to providing information literacy tools for UW - La Crosse students.

"This tutorial is made up of six modules. Each one should take about 15 minutes to complete for a total of about one and a half hours. We encourage you to start at the beginning and work your way through, but the modules are accessible in any order."

The modules include: Information Resources; Research Skills; Finding Books; Finding Periodicals; Web Information; and The Lifelong Learner.

From the "Lifelong Learner" page: "We live in an information society, and we will have ongoing information needs for our entire lives. The trick is to be able to answer our information needs as effectively as possible. We don't always need the fastest answer; sometimes we just need the best answer. And, it has come to pass that to get the best information and to get it effectively, we need specific information skills."

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History Tutorials from University of Calgary

From the web page: "Welcome to the Home Page of the Applied History Research Group. From this page you have access to a series of interactive teaching modules that have been developed in the Department of History at the University of Calgary. They focus on standard periods and subjects in the Social Sciences, Humanities, General Studies, and Fine Arts.

In addition to several on aspects of Canadian history, there are several tutorials useful for other history programs, as European history, Islamic history, North American populations. The tutorials are simply laid out and contain charts, maps, pictures, and additional information for a range of courses.

PsycLit Tutorial from Walden University

From the web page: "This tutorial is an interactive introduction to the PsycLIT database. In addition to giving you basic information about the database and how to search it, the tutorial will also give you opportunities for hands-on practice. Upon completion of this tutorial, you should:

Know what kind of information you can get out of PsycLIT.
Access the PsycLIT database on the web.
Perform a keyword search to find information on a topic.
Use the PsycLIT thesaurus to find productive terms to use in a search.
Display, print, e-mail, or save citations and abstracts that you have retrieved.
Logoff the database.

EthnicNewsWatch from Softline

From the webpage: "Ethnic NewsWatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. A rich collection of articles, editorials, columns, reviews, etc. provide a broad diversity of perspectives and viewpoints -- the other sides of the stories." There are 550,000 articles from over 200 publications from 1990 on. One can choose either an English or Spanish search screens, but the tutorial is in English.

The initial loading of the 220K web page is a bit slow, but thereafter things move along a nice pace. In fact the moving images, chiefly the hand with pointing finger and a text box for explanations, often move themselves along too speedily. However there is a stop/forward/replay bar at the bottom, which allows for control and repeating any part of the tutorial. Pressing the "index" button shows the various parts of the tutorial and highlighting one of the parts, i.e. "sample search," sends the tutorial directly into that section. One can use this effectively in a teaching environment, where stopping to explain various points is critical.

Within the tutorial, effective use is made of highlighting certain parts of the list or record, such as the "Title" field or list and the "Date" field or list. The moving hand points to an element on the screen and the text box eplains what to do or what the element is. All in all this is a short (perhaps 10min.), but extremely effective explanation of how to use product.

PubMed Tutorial from University of Florida Health Science Center

From: Barbara W Francis (to BI-L)
Dear colleagues,
The University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to announce the creation of a new web-based tutorial for PubMed (the free, publicly accessible version of the MEDLINE database.) We would like to welcome all of you to try out the tutorial and give us your feedback. There is nothing more valuable than a constructive evaluation from our fellow librarians! Being brand new, the tutorial probably has a few kinks to work out and of course, as PubMed is always changing, this will be a constant "work in progress".
For more information please contact: Barbara W. Francis barbara@library.health.ufl.edu

Reference Tutorials from Loyola Marymount University

The library's databases open up in one side of the frame page, and the tutorial opens up in the other window, an effective solution to the problem of remembering the tutorial when using the database. The tutorials will work if your library subscribes to the same database, i.e. Lexis-Nexis is the most common choice. Other tutorials require database logins. The library's catalog tutorial is unrestricted.

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Surfing the Internet on the World Wide Web from Cornell

Clear text and simple graphics enhance the site without use of java etc.

Workshop Outline consists of the following components:

1.What is the Internet
2.What is the World Wide Web
3.Using Your Browser
4.Browsing the Web
5.Understanding URLs
6.Searching the Web
7.Internet Quiz

From the First Section: What is the Internet? "The Internet is composed of millions of computers and telecommunication systems (copper wires, fiber optics, satellites, etc.) networked together around the world. It is the physical telecommunication system on which data travels. The Internet is not a single network, but a network of networks composed of thousands of individual networks, comprising nearly 5 million computers.

"Its origins lie in a computer network designed by the U.S. military to be so decentralized and redundant that it could withstand nuclear war. The original network, known as ARPANET, served as a foundation for academic, research, and commercial networks that have evolved since the early 1970's."

Principles of Web Searching

From the web page: "This tutorial discusses ways of finding information on the World-Wide Web. It assumes that you have some familiarity with the World-Wide Web and with the operation of Web browsers, such as Netscape. If you are not familiar with these technologies, you might want to look at Surfing the Internet on the World Wide Web, before taking this tutorial.
2.What Is an Internet Search Engine?
3.Robot-Assembled Databases
4.Human-Selected Databases
5.Metasearch Engines
6.Customizing Search Engines
7.Geographically-focused Databases
8.Evaluating Content on the Internet
9.Further Reading on Search Engines

As in the former Cornell tutorial, simple text and clear diagrams help to explain the activities.

NET.TUTOR from Ohio State

From the web page: "net.TUTOR offers interactive tutorials on basic tools and techniques for becoming an effective Internet researcher. "

"In summer 1996, the Ohio State University Libraries received an Academic Enrichment Grant from the University to support creation and maintenance of an interactive Internet tutorial program.

"The Libraries proposal requested funding for a new professional position to develop and maintain this instructional program. The proposal envisions an interactive instructional resource for teaching Ohio State users to find and effectively utilize the best Internet resources as part of their comprehensive research strategy."

Web Searching, Sleuthing, and Sifting, from Sage Colleges

From the web page: "Web Searching, Sleuthing and Sifting" is an introduction to web searching methods and techniques. "Assuming no prior knowledge, the course will explain ways to find what you are *actually* looking for, instead of a lot of other "interesting" links. The class includes an overview of the World Wide Web (web), some of the kinds of information for which you can actually search (such as graphics, audio clips, software and interactive tutorials), an overview of different types of searchable web resources (such as indexes, directories), how to use search engines effectively (such as Altavista, Hotbot, Excite) and an overview of multi-search engines (such as Metacrawler, Dogpile). "

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