Topic outline

    • This module will introduce Information Literacy Skills (ILSs for short). These are the skills that will enable you to locate information that is appropriate for academic study, and then use and manage it effectively.

      Developing high-quality ILSs will help maximise your chances of achieving good grades while you are studying at Queen Mary, but it is important to realise that these are life-long skills which will be of great value throughout your entire career. Spend time understanding and acquiring these skills now and it will pay off in the short and long term.

      After completing this module you will have a good understanding of:

      • why, when looking for information for your studies, it is a mistake to rely solely on Google and Wikipedia
      • where you can go online to find reliable information
      • some methods you can use to evaluate the information you find, and an understanding and increased awareness of the issues surrounding plagiarism
      • some of the main referencing styles used in academic writing
      • how you can use freely available software to efficiently manage your library of references and help you to prepare a perfect bibliography

      You may well come across some terminology when working through this module which is only vaguely familiar or perhaps even completely new to you: 'abstracts', 'citation', 'grey literature', 'periodical' and 'peer review', for example, sound rather obscure, but they are all commonly used in academic research and writing. 

      Learning the meaning of these and other terms will help you produce good quality coursework and essays, make sure you have a look at our glossary further down on this page

      The Teaching & Learning Support Team are always contactable: look out for this button:  Contact the T&LS Team  

    • To access this module fully

      If you self-enrol on the course you will be able to get full access to all the content and get a certificate for module completion. You can find self-enrolment options above the menu bar on the right. If you cannot see it make sure you are logged into QMplus. Please do this before finishing any quizzes, otherwise you will need to redo them.

      • The Information Adventure: Finding It! Using It! Referencing It!

      • Find it!

        This section will provide some help with the process of finding reliable information that you can use with confidence to produce good quality coursework.

        Once you have completed this section you will:

        • understand why relying solely on Google and Wikipedia is a flawed approach
        • know where you can begin making more focused search strategies
        • have been shown some examples of how to use Library Search for specific books and articles, and for a more general range of sources about a particular topic
        • have seen a demonstration of the simplest way to search one of the most useful general academic databases

        Why not download a copy of our worksheet 'Researching Your Essay' to help you get started. 

      • Use It!

        Read this section and try the two quizzes if you are feeling unsure about how best to assess and use the information you have found.

        Once you have completed this section you will:

        • know the essential questions to consider when you're deciding how to use a piece of information
        • know what sort of questions to ask to interpret your readings more critically
        • have a grasp of what plagiarism means, why and how you should avoid it

      • Reference It!

      • Glossary

      • Certificate of completion

        "Find it! Use it! Reference it!" was created by the  Teaching & Learning Support Team 

        We hope that what you have learnt in this module will help you in your studies and in your future career, and we would be happy to assist should you need any further advice with search skills and the use of information resources.

        Have you completed all the quizzes? Congratulations! You can now get your certificate of completion.