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

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    • 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!

      • 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!

        Referencing is the process whereby you acknowledge your sources.

        There are particular ways in which academic writing is referenced, and once you have completed this section you will know more about:

        • the main referencing systems in use at Queen Mary
        • where to obtain more detailed information about the particular referencing system you choose to use in your essays
        • three freely available software packages that you can use to manage your collections of bibliographic information, PDFs, notes and citation
      • Glossary

      • Certificate of completion