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Information Literacy Tutorials

Information for Faculty

Our Information Literacy Tutorials are hosted in a self-enroll Canvas Course called ODU Libraries Information Literacy Tutorials.

Anyone with a Midas ID may enroll in the tutorials. The tutorials are interactive, with built-in quiz questions. Students will see their results at the end of each tutorial. Grading will be up to your discretion. Each tutorial has a mix of True/False, Multiple Choice, Interactive Drag-and-Drop, and Reflective Essay or Short Answer questions. Students will have the option to print their scores at the end of each tutorial, as well as go back and review the quiz questions. Anyone who completes a tutorial will be given a chance to print their quiz results, or save as a screenshot to email to an instructor, or submit for a course assignment, if so desired. 

If you are interested in using these tutorials in your class and have any questions, please contact Lucinda Wittkower ( with any questions.

The Information Literacy Tutorials support and reinforce the following core concepts:

Tutorial One: Starting Your Research

  • Break down a research assignment into its main parts to understand your information needs;
  • Focus an idea into a feasible research topic;
  • Use keywords and key concepts about your topic to search for information sources;
  • Build a search strategy by connecting your keywords and key concepts

Tutorial Two: Types of Information

  • Articulate and contextualize information needs, considering gaps in existing knowledge and resources
  • Identify what kind of information sources will best meet different information needs
  • Explain how information is produced
  • Compare the characteristics of scholarly and general audience sources
  • Compare the characteristics of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources

Tutorial Three: Where & How to Find Information

  • Use the Libraries' main search box to find sources;
  • Use the basic features of a database to find and retrieve sources;
  • Define multi-disciplinary resources vs. subject-specific resources;
  • Determine what type of search tool to use to find specific types of sources; &
  • Use the Libraries' website to find and use various services‚Äč

Tutorial Four: Evaluating Information

  • Recognize the importance of evaluating all types of information sources for quality
  • Identify several criteria to use in judging quality of information, including: currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose
  • Apply evaluation criteria to selecting sources

Tutorial Five: Citation

  • Describe why and when it is necessary to cite information sources
  • Articulate reasons for the existence of various citation styles, and identify the style that is most used in various disciplines
  • Identify the basic components of a standard reference
  • Use the resources and services available to get help with citation

Tutorial Six: Plagiarism

  • Define plagiarism and articulate why and how to avoid doing it
  • Identify common mistakes in writing that lead to plagiarism
  • Identify the elements of the ODU Honor Code and the Student Code of Conduct that are related to plagiarism
  • Use the resources and services available to get help with avoiding plagiarism

Tutorial Seven: Copyright & Creative Commons

  • Describe the differences between copyrighted, public domain, and Creative Commons works
  • Understand the term "fair use" and how it applies in a higher education context
  • Identify copyright violations
  • Search for Creative Commons licensed images, audio, and other formats to use in course assignments and beyond


Here are just a few ways in which the tutorials have been used with classes:

  • Used throughout the semester to support units or course modules
  • Used individually to support a specific assignment (for example, some faculty use the Citation and Plagiarism tutorials at the beginning of the semester as a refresher for students, and some use the Finding Resources tutorial to support a research paper assignment)
  • As required assignments
  • As extra credit
  • Complete as a group during computer lab time
ODU Libraries Information Literacy Tutorials Completion Rates
Year Passed one or more tutorials Tutorial One Tutorial Two Tutorial Three Tutorial Four Tutorial Five Tutorial Six Tutorial Seven Total Tutorials Passed
FY2021 6,661 4,907 4.765 4,071 3,964 4,507 5,109 3,527 30,850
FY2020 5,184 4,795 2,432 3,207 3,755 4.204 3,637 3,554 22,030
FY2019 3,601 3,140 2,679 2,113 2,242 1,251 2,071 1,879 13,304
FY2018 2, 702 2,177 2,162 1,242 1,138 1,705 NA NA 8,424