About the Information Literacy Tutorials & How to Use Them
About Information Literacy Tutorials
Information literacy is the study of finding, evaluating and using information quickly, easily and ethically in order to solve and/or answer both academic and practical problems and questions. Another way to think of information literacy is the research process. Learning how to conduct research quickly and easily is one of the keys to your success in college, your career and your personal life. Information literacy is both a process and practice that allows you to develop critical thinking practices that are crucial to effective scholarship. Think about the number of times that you think you wrote a great research paper, only to find out that you did not use the resources that your teacher or professor expected. Or, perhaps you used all the correct sources, but did not know how to use them to support your thesis statement. And oh, that thesis statement! So many students report that they never realized that the thesis statement is supposed to change over the course of any research!
The fact underlying these issues is that a college education is about both failing and succeeding at solving problems across the academic subjects: in order to succeed we must fail, first (otherwise, we aren't learning). An information literate student/employee/citizen is a lifetime learner; that is you need to retain your curiosity about your world and be able to receive information, process it and add it to your knowledge base in order to contribute positively to society and make this a better world.
The earlier you begin educating yourself to become information literate, the more likely you are to be an effective researcher, and hence a successful student, employee, and world citizen. We, at the Elihu Burritt Library, are committed to teaching the concepts and practices of information literacy and to helping you learn these abilities in for any of your courses. To that end, we've made a number of information literacy tutorials accessible to you, our CCSU student.
How to Use these Tutorials
The tutorial modules are formatted in lists on each page and further subdivided into separate units, as they are in the process of research. Please note that information literacy/reserach are iterative processes. You might find yourself returning to previous units to re-learn a set of research concepts. We have adapted research lessons from other colleges/universities with their permission and added customized CCSU Elihu Burritt library videos (via live links) as well as other research tools and aids to assist you in better understanding the learning processes. This structure was developed in order to suggest the easiest way for you to follow the research process from start to finish or by selecting the research stage with which you might need extra help.
The Elihu Burritt Library's custom-made video recordings have been created and updated by the instructional librarians from CCSU in order to help you find specific resources at this library. This subject guide is subject to change in format and content, depending upon how you, our CCSU student would like to use it.
Important Note: Please note that CCSU no longer subscribes to ProQuest Research Companion service. This means that you are no longer required to use a password to access any of the tutorial modules.
Use the Tutorials
There are several phases in the research process. We've arranged these information literacy tutorials according to the following stages or phases:
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