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Instruction at the ODU Libraries

Tutorials for Information Literacy Courses (General Education Requirement Courses)

Our Information Literacy Tutorials are hosted in a self-enroll Blackboard Organization called ODU Libraries Information Literacy Tutorials. Students may enter the space using a Midas ID/password. The tutorials are interactive, with built-in quiz questions. Students will see their results at the end of each tutorial. They will be given a chance to print their quiz results, or save as a screenshot to email to an instructor, if so desired. 

Please visit our Information LiteracyTutorials page for more detailed information and directions on how to access the tutorials.

These tutorials address the student learning outcomes for the general education requirement at ODU, which are based on the information literacy standards for higher education developed by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

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

  • Identify what kind of information sources will best meet different research needs
  • Understand how information is produced
  • Compare the characteristics of scholarly and popular 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 retrive 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 juding 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