NILRC Illinois Community Colleges

NILRC Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges http://www.nilrc.org/ NILRC provides support for the instructional activities of Illinois community college learning resource centers/libraries and alternative delivery programs. OER resources in this collection are contributed by NILRC member college faculty and staff. Membership in NILRC is open to new Associate members in Illinois and other states contiguous to Illinois.
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All resources in NILRC Illinois Community Colleges

The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook

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Good researchers have a host of tools at their disposal that make navigating today’s complex information ecosystem much more manageable. Gaining the knowledge, abilities, and self-reflection necessary to be a good researcher helps not only in academic settings, but is invaluable in any career, and throughout one’s life. The Information Literacy User’s Guide will start you on this route to success.The Information Literacy User’s Guide is based on two current models in information literacy: The 2011 version of The Seven Pillars Model, developed by the Society of College, National and University Libraries in the United Kingdom and the conception of information literacy as a metaliteracy, a model developed by one of this book’s authors in conjunction with Thomas Mackey, Dean of the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College. These core foundations ensure that the material will be relevant to today’s students.The Information Literacy User’s Guide introduces students to critical concepts of information literacy as defined for the information-infused and technology-rich environment in which they find themselves. This book helps students examine their roles as information creators and sharers and enables them to more effectively deploy related skills. This textbook includes relatable case studies and scenarios, many hands-on exercises, and interactive quizzes.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Textbook

Authors: Allison Hosier and Tor Loney, Daryl Bullis, Deborah Bernnard, Greg Bobish, Irina Holden, Jenna Hecker, Trudi Jacobson

Critical Analysis of Text: Reading History

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This module is aimed at college freshmen, although it could be used with slightly older or slightly younger students.  Its purpose is to instruct students on the process of engaging with the kinds of text they are likely to encounter in their first year in college.  Included are an introduction that establishes a set of "rules" for reading text with a critical/analytical eye, a sample text drawn from an OER source, and a model of how to read the text.

Material Type: Module

Author: Howard Miller

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation

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This is not a comprehensive citation reference work. Its limited aim is to serve as a tutorial on how to cite the most widely referenced types of U.S. legal material, taking account of local norms and the changes in citation practice forced by the shift from print to electronic sources. It begins with an introductory unit. That is followed immediately by one on "how to cite" the categories of authority that comprise a majority of the citations in briefs and legal memoranda. Using the full table of contents one can proceed through this material in sequence. The third unit, organized around illustrative examples, is intended to be used either for review and reinforcement of the prior "how to" sections or as an alternative approach to them. One can start with it since the illustrative examples for each document type are linked back to the relevant "how to" principles.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Peter Martin

The Pocket Prof: A Composition Handbook

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Basic grammar, writing, and research advice including citation guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. This guide also covers the appropriate etiquette for college students to use when emailing instructors, as well as tips on writing résumés and cover letters.

Material Type: Student Guide

Research Skills

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A research guide for college students that teaches them how to locate and use information resources. Learn how to start a research assignment, use reference sources, find books, find articles, avoid plagiarism, cite your sources, create an annotated bibliography, evaluate websites, find DVDs and audiobooks, find statistics, and get help.

Material Type: Interactive, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Key Skill Assessment Unit: Information Literacy

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As the volume of information grows in databases, libraries and on the Internet, information literacy skills are key to being able to find and manage information effectively in a complex society. Information literacy is about recognizing when information is needed, and locating, critically evaluating, using and presenting the information to suit a specific purpose. These skills are increasingly in demand by individuals and employers alike. In developing and assessing your information literacy skills, you will learn to use and adapt your skill confidently and effectively in different situations and contexts. This unit is designed to be studied for 1 hour per week over 50 weeks.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading, Syllabus

Literature Searching for all Health Topics

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These exercises are originally part of the KLaSS module developed by King's College London Library Services to provide information literacy e-learning to students across our faculties. They were built and developed with Adobe Captivate 9 and published in HTML5 format, suitable for use with Moodle.This set of exercises is designed to provide information literacy support to students in King's Health Faculties which incorporates subjects like Medicine, Bioscience, Dentistry, Neuroscience and other health subjects. The lessons cover the following topics:Literature Searching part 1: Introduction to literature searching -Part 2: Choosing and accessing databasesPart 3: Your research question and planning your searchesPart 4: Searching with keywordsPart 5: Searching with Subject Headings (thesaurus searching)Part 6: Combining searches with AND & ORPart 7: Using limits in your searchPart 8: Working with your resultsEach topic has a demonstration video, narrated by the author Karen Poole.The exercises have been published in HTML5 format so they should be compatible with any modern LMS. The authors have only used these files in Moodle 3.0, so cannot offer support for another LMS.

Material Type: Module

Authors: John Woodcock, Karen Poole

Literature Searching for Students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

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These exercises are originally part of the KLaSS module developed by King's College London Library Services to provide information literacy e-learning to students across our faculties. They were built and developed with Adobe Captivate 9 and published in HTML5 format, suitable for use with Moodle.This set of exercises is designed to show students in the Arts & Humanities how to take a research topic and turn it into a useful and relevant set of search terms they can then use in an academic database to retrieve and view journal articles. ProQuest's Humanities Index was used as the demonstration database.The exercises cover three topics:Using effective search terms - the author describes the process by which you generate key concepts from a focussed research question in order to use them as search termsUsing databases - the author describes the advantages of using databases over other search resources, providing guidance both on how to find King's resources and how to use the search terms within themPractice exercise - the students have the chance to recreate the steps laid out in the previous two exercises in a simulation space designed to familiarise them with the various interfaces being used.This section of KLaSS is comprised of two demonstration exercises, narrated by the author Jane Pothecary, and a practice exercise. The practice exercise is not narrated, but designed to act as a practice run for the student where they click the correct part of the screen to advance through the exercise. The exercises have been published in HTML5 format so they should be compatible with any modern LMS. The authors have only used these files in Moodle 3.0, so cannot offer support for another LMS.

Material Type: Module

Authors: John Woodcock, Jane Pothecary

Library support for your project

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An information literacy resource designed to help students undertaking the extended project qualification or other pre HE project. It brings together several elearning modules tailored to the audience, covering subjects such as, plagiarism, searching, writing, proofreading and referencing. Use the following link to download the editable files: https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/learning-objects/wp/download/

Material Type: Interactive

Authors: Carlene Barton, David Hirst

Information Literacy Training for Students in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

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These exercises are originally part of the KLaSS module developed by King's College London Library Services to provide information literacy e-learning to students across our faculties. They were built and developed with Adobe Captivate 9 and published in HTML5 format, suitable for use with Moodle.This set of exercises is designed to provide information literacy support to students in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, which encompasses subjects like Informatics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Geography. The database used to demonstrate the principles is Web of Science, a broad resource holding literature on a wide variety of STEM subjects.The lessons cover the following topics:Planning an effective literature search - how to focus a research question and identify its key topics and componentsFinding literature - how to use different search techniques like truncation in Web of ScienceFinding full text articles in Web of Science - how to use the SFX system to look up the full texts of search results, and what to do if you don't immediately get accessWeb of Science Search Tips - using slightly more advanced techniques to run better searches, like using phrase searchingCombining searches in Web of Science - how to use AND & OR to broaden and refine seaches in Web of Science to retrieve relevant articles and informationFiltering search results in Web of Science - how to use Web of Science's filtering options to futhere refine results and exclude irrelevant articlesEach topic has a demonstration video, narrated by the author Tom Edge.The exercises have been published in HTML5 format so they should be compatible with any modern LMS. The authors have only used these files in Moodle 3.0, so cannot offer support for another LMS.

Material Type: Module

Authors: John Woodcock, Thomas Edge

Reading and Analyzing Text in the Context of a Societal Issue: Privacy

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This lesson is designed for students in adult basic education grade level E (low and high adult secondary education). The purpose of this lesson is to develop student proficiency in reading and analyzing text. The lesson topic is the issue of an individual’s right to privacy as balanced with the government’s responsibility for security of its citizens.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Cheryl Clark