This resource is an introductory information literacy tutorial. Material covered in the tutorial is fairly comprehensive and covers how to search for information and evaluate sources and a great deal more. This would be an excellent resource for freshman classes.
Teach students how to perform effective research and become information literate
Target Student Population:
middle and high school, undergraduate, ESL students, students in writing classes.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer skills
Type of Material:
Tutorial that includes games
This resource would be very useful as assigned homework, especially when coupled with a graded test or paper.
web access, flash
Evaluation and Observation
This site is very clear and easy to follow. Information is presented in a very linear fashion that integrates concepts in ways students can follow. The language used in this tutorial is easy to understand. It takes the student step-by-step through the research process. It explains plagiarism and copyright laws.
General information tutorials can be very useful tools. They become more useful when coupled with assignments that enable students to use the information from the tutorial in a practical way soon after upon completing the tutorial.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This tutorial could potentially be a very useful teaching tool. The tutorial provides separate sections that would be useful in completing a comprehensive research assignment, or separate modules could be assigned individually. The tutorial is tied to the ACRL information literacy standards, providing a structure that integrates a great deal of information.
Excellent learning object for information literacy
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This tutorial is one of the best tutorials based on the SearchPath tutorial created by Western Michigan Libraries, of which there are several. Graphics are well executed and the tutorial is very attractive. The site uses language that is easy to understand. It is also interactive, and the design is visually appealing. The layout is logical.
Like many web tutorials, this one contains a fair amount of text and requires a commitment by students to complete. Although the tutorial does contain some interactive content, it is likely that students will move quickly through the text-heavy pages of the tutorial without fully exploring all of the information presented there.