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About the Requirement

NEW: If you are graduating AFTER September 2014, you do not need to meet this requirement.

What do you need to do to pass the Information Literacy requirement?

  1. If "Information Literacy II" isn't listed under Continuing Courses in D2L, Enroll
  2. Read the 5 modules within the Information Literacy Tutorial.
  3. Take the corresponding 5 quizzes in D2L with a grade of 80% or better on each quiz.
  4. Report your grades.

 How do you get an account to access the tutorial quizzes?

  • UW-Parkside Students: You should have been enrolled automatically. If "Information Literacy II" isn't listed under Continuing Courses in D2L, click on the Enroll tab at the top of the page & fill out the form.
  • Everyone Else: The tutorial modules are freely available.
    Please contact Jennie Callas ( if you need more information.

Where can you work on the tutorial?

Basically, anywhere with Internet access!

How long does it take?

If you read all the modules and take all the quizzes in one sitting, it may take a few hours. However, you can read the modules and take quizzes separately (i.e., read module 1 on a Monday, take the quiz on Tuesday, and start module 2 on a Wednesday, etc.).

Read through the tutorial instructions to ensure proper completion and reporting of your grades!


What is this and why is it relevant to me?

What is Information Literacy?

"Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand" (The National Forum on Information Literacy).

What is the Information Literacy requirement & does it apply to me?

All students entering UW-Parkside with fewer than 60 credits and who are graduating before September 2014 must complete the Information Literacy requirement.

Why is being "information literate" important?

As a student who is information literate, you will be able to locate and use appropriate resources for your classes. You will also be able to use these resources effectively at each stage of a project, from defining a topic to critically evaluating the information. Some of the skills you'll learn in this tutorial include developing research strategies, learning search techniques, and effectively evaluating resources.

How will completing the requirement make your life easier?

Knowing the research process and how to efficiently use library resources will save you time and ease frustration. Learning to evaluate the sources you select is almost guaranteed to improve your grades. The skills won't just aid you in completing classroom assignments; they'll also benefit you throughout your entire working career. Plus, you need to complete the tutorials and the quizzes to graduate.

What will you learn?

The Information Literacy Tutorial attempts to address the information needs of first-year students. After successfully completing the requirement, you should be able to:

  • understand the steps in the research process
  • select information sources appropriate for a particular need
  • search library catalogs and databases
  • critically evaluate resources
  • understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it

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