Information literacy is a set of crucial academic and professional competencies that include library/information research skills, technological skills for a digital information environment (digital literacy), and perhaps most importantly, critical thinking skills for evaluation and decision-making in a vast and complex information world.

NTU Libraries has been providing information literacy instruction to ensure that all NTU undergraduates have the competitive advantage in working with information for their study, research, professional and personal needs. Each undergraduate student will learn these information/research skills via a Foundation module (Year 1 or 2) and an Advanced module (Year 3 or 4), with the content prepared and delivered by our subject librarians in collaboration with course instructors. Each module is developed as a blended learning experience with one face-to-face tutorial during classroom time, as well as online activities to be completed independently.

The postings in this blog are supplementary materials created to support the face-to-face tutorials in these areas:

1. Foundation Skills

1.1 Types of Information
Differentiate and value various types and sources of information for various types of needs.
a. The Information Timeline and Types of Sources, Seattle Central Library, Seattle Central College
b. Research Therapy: Types of Information Sources, Oviatt Library, California State University

1.2 Digital Tools
Access, use and manage scholarly resources using both general and discipline-specific databases and digital tools.
a. What is Full Text @ NTU and how to install it on various browsers?
b. How to get full text article from a Google Scholar page?
c. Creating a full text @ NTU Library bookmark for your mobile device in 3 easy steps

1.3 Critical Use
Critically evaluate information for authority and reliability in order to use that information to support arguments, hypotheses, proposals, etc.
a. CRAAP: Evaluating Sources, Western University.

1.4 Ethical Use
Avoid plagiarism and copyright infringement.
a. A Guide to Academic Integrity
b. How Well Do You Know Plagiarism? (Online Quiz), WriteCheck
c. Plagiarism Detection Tools
d. Use paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism, The University of Winsconsin

2. Advanced Skills:

2.1 Context of Information
Build on the work of others using the literature review process, both in academic and professional settings.
a. Understanding the Research Process
b. Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students
c. Formulating a Research Question : Some Tips
d. How to write a mini literature review, Carl S Moore, Temple University

2.2 Purpose-specific Critical Use
Critically evaluate information for relevance to need, fit-for-purposeness, and agenda of information providers.
a. Evaluate information you find, The University of Queensland

2.3 Information Management/Digital Tools
Manage large amounts of information for research, current awareness, and lifelong learning using best available methods and digital tools.
a. EndNote: Manage bibliographies & citations with EndNote
b. EndNote: How To Use EndNote in 7 Minutes (Windows Version)
c. EndNote: Download EndNote and sign up for a NTU Library EndNote workshops for beginners
d. Mendeley: What is Mendeley and steps to install Mendeley
e. Mendeley: Guides, videos and tutorials
f. MS Reference Manager: A Guide to Create a Bibliography Using MS Reference Manager

2.4 Online Identity Tools
Build and maintain a positive personal and professional identities by managing personal information.
a. 7 Steps to Building and Maintaining a Positive Online Identity
b. Use a permanent identity to manage and share your professional information in the global research community:
i. What is ResearcherID?
ii. How to apply for your ORCID
iii. Scopus Author Identifier

3. Additional Resources:

3.1 Citation Styles
a. APA citation style: some examples
b. CSE citation Style: some examples
c. CSE citation style: more resources

3.2 Abbreviated Journal Titles
a. A tip for finding the ISO 4 standard abbreviation