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Information Literacy Commons


The Information Literacy Commons is a collection of Digital Learning Objects (DLO) built by academic librarians for the teaching and assessment of information literacy standards set by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).  It is also intended to be an interactive learning community designed to promote collaborative resource sharing, teaching and assessment across the curriculum with an emphasis on “best practices” and effective uses of educational media.

The Commons is set up in modules (or categories), each with an information literacy standard defined, associated competencies, learning outcomes and sets of tutorials and educational media. These open source DLOs include: videos, podcasts, interactive online exercises and quizzes. 

Please note the CommentsStar Ratings Ratings and User Submitted Resources features and join the Commons by evaluating these resources, recommending new and perhaps more lively and effective teaching media and sharing your own “best practices” for integrating information literacy into your classes.

Browsing the Site

The Information Literacy Commons contains five main categories of content, linked below, each with its own subcategories.

You can also jump directly to any category or subcategory via the navigation bar at the top of every page.

  • Framing the Research Question
    A student will recognize the need to find information to fill gaps in his/her knowledge; understands the value of seeking information to test preliminary ideas, opinions and assumptions.

  • Accessing Sources
    A student will understand that there are differences among information sources; can search several kinds of sources to retrieve information.

  • Evaluating Sources
    A student will review information retrieved to assess the reliability of each source; consider whether or not the amount of information is sufficient to address the issue; examine and compare information from various sources; determine the probable accuracy and reliability of the content; identify an author’s thesis and the basic structure of the information; avoid immediate agreement or disagreement with the information.

  • Using Information Effectively
    A student will organize content to support the purposes of the student’s product; develop topic in essay or other format; communicate cogently; can prepare an annotated bibliography; and use the designated editorial style appropriately.

  • Using Information Responsibly
    A student will understand what plagiarism is and does not plagiarize; uses appropriate documentation style for citing sources.

Recommended DLOs

Plagiarism tutorial from Texas University Libraries

All About Plagiarism 
University of Texas Libraries


MLA Tutorial from Hunter College

MLA Tutorial
Hunter College

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