Interactive Information Literacy Tutorials

These tutorials easily integrate with D2L to provide an easy way to integrate active learning and gamification into information literacy instruction. These tutorials can be used in a traditional face to face class session, flipped classroom model or as stand alone assignments.

Learners benefit from the ability to repeat an activity as many times as required to gain a full understanding of a concept. Faculty and librarians obtain a rich set of learner analytics to better assess student learning and prepare class sessions.

If you are interested in using any of these tutorials, contact your embedded librarian or subject liaison, as they can assist with importing tutorials into your D2L course. You can also also download and import the tutorials yourself.

There are also a series of short lessons, developed by the The New Literacies Alliance (NLA), that cover rudimentary concepts of information literacy. The NLA lessons can be easily integrated into your D2L course site providing a simple, self-graded activity.


Due to a known bug in D2L, if you import any of these tutorials into your D2L course, PLEASE be sure you create a grade item in the gradebook for each tutorial (instructions can be found on page 5 of the import guide). If you DO NOT, D2L will create a grade item for you and this item cannot be removed from the gradebook.


Introduction to Academic Research »

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Intended to provide a brief introduction to academic research. A video explains types of sources, a screencast tutorial demonstrates how to search Academic Search Complete, and students have the opportunity to practice search for an article related to their topic. This information is saved to the D2L course site for review by the instructor and librarian.

Boolean Bonanza »

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Students are asked to help 3 of their classmates choose the best Boolean search commands for their searches. Venn Diagrams change color and the search statement is dynamically updated as students select the Boolean commands. Constructive feedback is given for each submission and students have an opportunity to construct their own search statement at the end of the tutorial.

Narrowing a Topic »

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In this scenario based activity, students are asked to help 3 of their classmates narrow down their topics. By moving a series of sliders, students aim to develop a research question that is interesting, yet narrow enough to find scholarly sources.

Evaluating Sources »

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In this scenario based activity, students are asked to help 4 of their classmates evaluate 3 sources they are considering using for their paper. Students can read the entirety of each source, then write a 2 to 3 sentence explanation of why their classmate should or shouldn’t use the source and why. Based on the concept of Calibrated Peer Review, there is one exemplar source, one substandard source and one bubble source.

Anatomy of Citations - MLA Style »

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Do students eyes glaze over when you begin to talk about citation formats? Show students the value of learning about citations by having them practice on real content! Students must identify the needed parts of 3 real publications and drag them to the appropriate category, i.e. Journal Title, Volume, Page Number. Upon completion of the activity, students are show the MLA citation for each publication.

Anatomy of Citations - APA Style »

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In this activity, students are asked to identify necessary citation information, place the information in the correct citation order and then identify the source type. To begin, the student is shown four sources on the topic of Mars exploration, these questions are for practice and are not graded. The second set of four sources on the topic of refugees is graded. (This module was partially adapted with permission from Grand Valley State University Libraries.)

Anatomy of Citations - Chicago Style »

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In this activity, students are asked to identify necessary citation information, place the information in the correct citation order and then identify the source type. Students are first given a set of sources for practice that are not graded. The second series of sources is graded.

Usage of Sources (The Party) »

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To practice thinking about what sources work well together, instead of choosing sources, students will choose who to invite to a small dinner party. The goal is to put together a group of guests that will be able to find enough common ground to have interesting conversations.

Library Jargon Word Search »

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Library jargon can confuse and confound students. In this game, students are given 5 jargon terms and their definitions and are asked to locate the terms in the jumble of letters.

Library Hangperson »

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Students are given clues to 5 academic library jargon terms. They have 10 chances to guess the correct letters that make up the term before the person is hung.

Library Memory »

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Students test their memory skills while also learning about library services. After making a correct match, a post note appears explaining the library service represented by the image.