Information literacy amounts to being able to find, think critically about and use the information you need for whatever purpose you have in mind. We have designed this tutorial to be used in three different ways:

  • work through it from beginning to end on your own
  • skip around to the sections you need, as you need them
  • integrate it into a class, if you are an instructor

You may find the Six-Phase Approach to Research a helpful shortcut that takes you to the most important highlights of the tutorial so you can get started on your research assignment right away.

Many pages of the tutorial link to videos and activities to help you become more comfortable with the new knowledge and skills you will gain. At the end of each section of the tutorial, there is a quiz. Don’t be concerned about getting a grade. It’s only meant to help you decide whether you’re ready to move on to the next section. Finally, under the Advanced tab is the Research Portfolio. This is a set of optional, self-directed assignments that guide you through a quick version of an actual research project, using the knowledge and skills you have learned.

Click on a tab near the top of any page within this tutorial to navigate to other sections, or use the arrows at the bottom of each page to go to the next or previous page.

If you are unsure of the meaning of a word, you can look it up in our Glossary, which is located under the Help tab. The Help tab has links to various types of academic support.

If you prefer a table of contents to the menu at the top or the Next/Back arrows at the bottom, here is the Table of Contents with links.

a brief course in information literacy