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Information Literacy Tutorial: Start Here


This site is designed to serve as your starting point for information literacy instruction at USM. So, what IS information literacy? "Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information," (ACRL). 

Wow! Sounds boring, right? After all, isn't Google all you need?

While Google or Wikipedia may seem like a fast, easy way to find books and articles for class assignments, there are many other sources that will prove worthwhile. The text and online tutorials provided on this site will provide you with a basic explanation, and can potentially make your college experience easier and more productive.

The tabs at the top of this page are numbered. Please complete the series in the order in which they are displayed. The short test at the beginning and at the end of the series will help you judge whether you learned the material presented. 

This instruction is designed to serve only as a starting point. Your instructor will schedule at least one live class session with a USM Librarian. He or she will expand upon the instruction you receive here.

You will learn from this instruction that all sources are NOT equal, and that it can be relatively quick, simple, and perhaps even enjoyable to find good sources that USM instructors will accept.

Now, click on the Introduction tab at the top.