Basic Information Literacy

The State University of New York

Join the Basic Information Literacy course to gain essential skills in navigating the vast landscape of knowledge. This comprehensive program covers creating workable projects/presentations, understanding information sources, searching for information, evaluating sources, and employing proper citation conventions.

Throughout the course, you'll learn how to brainstorm and narrow down topics, identify information gaps, locate valid internet sources, and compose effective search strategies. You'll also develop the ability to evaluate information for authority, accuracy, balance, and currency, ensuring ethical use in your projects and presentations.

Upon completion, you'll receive a Coursera Certificate and a Micro-Credential Digital Badge from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, recognizing your accomplishment. Use your verified digital badge to showcase your achievement online and access job insights related to your new skills.

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Basic Information Literacy
Course Modules

This course comprises five modules, covering topics such as understanding information literacy, identifying information needs, effective searching, source evaluation, and proper citation practices. Each module provides comprehensive learning through a combination of video, readings, and quizzes.

Course Introduction: Understanding Information Literacy

The course begins with an introduction to understanding information literacy, exploring topics such as the mind map, fake news, and guidelines for lifelong learning. You'll also learn about brainstorming strategies and how to search a library catalog for eBooks.

Identifying your information need

Module 2 delves into identifying your information need, covering the cycle of information, databases vs. websites, and using Wikipedia for scholarly research. You'll also explore searching techniques for open web and deep web sources.

Searching: Finding the right tools to meet your information need

In Module 3, you'll focus on searching for the right tools to meet your information needs. This includes creating effective search strategies using operators like 'AND', 'OR', and 'NOT'. Additionally, you'll learn the art of skimming an article to extract relevant details.

Evaluating what you’ve found

Module 4 entails evaluating the information you've found, teaching you to identify authority, evaluate academic resources, and recognize common misconceptions in information literacy among college students. You'll engage in reflective discussions and practice evaluating sources.

Giving credit, AKA citing

The final module, Module 5, covers giving credit through proper citation practices, including discussions on plagiarism, in-text citations, and citation generators. You'll also take the Basic Information Literacy Final Exam to test your knowledge and understanding of the course material.

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