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How to Use the Library:

Introduction

These modules were created by the librarians in the Madigan Library.  If you are an instructor at Penn College and are interested in using any of these modules and the accompanying assessments through PLATO, please contact us.

Madigan Library Tutorial

Welcome to the Madigan Library Tutorial.  The tutorial consists of six (6) modules to help you develop your information-seeking and evaluation skills for your Penn College courses.  The videos in each module run between 2 - 7 minutes and can be viewed in any order and as many times as you wish.

Students who complete the Library Tutorial shall be able to:

  • Determine when information is needed and find it efficiently using a variety of reference sources.
  • Evaluate the quality of the information.
  • Use the information effectively for an appropriate purpose.
  • Employ appropriate technologies to create an information-based product.
  • Use information ethically and legally.

The purpose of this module is to:

  • explain how to define and articulate a need for information
  • demonstrate how to construct and implement an effectively-designed search strategy
  • demonstrate how to refine a search strategy, when necessary

Learning Objectives

Students completing this module should be able to:

  • identify a research topic
  • develop a topic and formulate questions based on the information need
  • explore general information sources to increase familiarity with the topic
  • develop the information need into a manageable focus (i.e. a research question)
  • identify keywords, synonyms and related terms for the information needed
  • construct and implement a search strategy in various information retrieval systems
  • assess the quantity, quality, and relevance of the search results to determine whether alternative information retrieval systems should be utilized
  • identify gaps in the information retrieved and determine if the search strategy should be revised
  • repeat the search using the revised strategy as necessary

(Information Literacy Competency Standards 1.1, 2.2 and 2.4)

The purpose of this module is to:

  • demonstrate how to select the most appropriate investigative method or retrieval system for accessing the needed information

Learning Objectives

Students completing this module should be able to:

  • investigate the scope, content, and organization of information retrieval systems
  • select efficient and effective approaches for accessing the information needed from the investigative method or information retrieval system

(Information Literacy Competency Standards 2.1.c, 2.1.d)

The purpose of this module is to:

  • define scholarly articles
  • explain their traits and the differences between them and other types of articles
  • define magazine and newspaper articles
  • explain their traits and the differences between them and other types of articles
  • define trade publications
  • explain their traits and the differences between them and other types of articles

Learning Objectives

Students completing this module should be able to:

  • identify a magazine and newspaper article as a source of information
  • identify a scholarly article as a source of information
  • identify a trade publication article as a source of information

(Information Literacy Competency Standard 1.2)

The purpose of this module is to:

  • demonstrate how to select the most appropriate investigative method or information retrieval system for accessing the needed information
  • demonstrate how to construct and implement an effectively-designed search strategy
  • demonstrate how to validate understanding and interpretation of the information through discourse with other individuals, subject-area experts, and/or practitioners

Learning Objectives

Students completing this module should be able to:

  • investigate the scope, content, and organization of information retrieval systems
  • select efficient and effective approaches for accesing the information needed from the investigative method or information retrieval system
  • select controlled vocabulary specific to the discipline or information retrieval source (e.g. thesaurus in a database)
  • seek expert opinion through a variety of mechanisms (e.g. Ask a Librarian)

(Information Literacy Competency Standards 2.1.c, 2.1.d, 2.2.c, 3.6.c)

The purpose of this module is to:

  • demonstrate how to articulate and apply initial criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources
  • demonstrate how to compare new knowledge with prior knowledge to determine the value added, contradictions, or other unique characteristics of the information

Learning Objectives

Students completing this module should be able to:

  • examine and compare information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias
  • determine whether information satisfies the research or other information need
  • use consciously selected criteria to determine whether the information contradicts or verifies information used from other sources
  • determine probable accuracy by questioning the source of the data, the limitations of the information gathering tools or strategies, and the reasonableness of the conclusions

(Information Literacy Competency Standards 3.2.a, 3.4.a, 3.4.b and 3.4.e)

The purpose of this module is to:

  • define academic dishonesty & plagiarism at Penn College
  • explain various types of plagiarism with examples
  • offer ways of avoiding plagiarism

Learning Objectives

Students completing this module should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism
  • demonstrate ways to avoid plagiarism

(Information Literacy Competency Standard 5.2.f)

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