Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Lloyd Sealy Library

Lloyd Sealy Library

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Information Literacy and Research: Online Tutorials and Quizzes

Screen capture from Credo Instruct of a laptop displaying a search engine

If you have been looking for professionally created interactive information literacy materials to supplement your classroom instruction or online teaching, look no further. The John Jay College library now offers CREDO Instruct, a multi-media database of over 60 tutorials, videos and quizzes that help students develop the information literacy skills critical to academic success. The database  provides tools that support students through the entire research process from how to get started to how to properly use quotations and citation formats. 

The materials are divided into the six modules set forth in the table below. Each module offers a combination of concise and targeted learning and assessment tools that you can scaffold throughout the semester or use when needed as a remedial tool. Simply choose which skills you want your students to develop and share the URLs for the specific tutorials, videos or quizzes.

Table: The six modules in Credo Instruct. Getting started, evaluating information, searching for information, presenting research and data, sources of information and academic integrity.

For example, as they are getting started, provide your students with the link to the tutorials on the research process and how to turn a topic into a research problem. If your students are relying too much on the open web, provide them with a link to the tutorial on how to  move away from open web resources like Wikipedia and start using the academic sources available through library databases. As they begin writing, direct them to the tutorials on creating an outline and synthesizing  sources. Then, as they work on finalizing their paper, assign the tutorials on paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing and how to correctly cite sources. Please keep in mind that if students take any of the online quizzes, they can include you as an email recipient of their test results for assessment purposes.

To start using these learning tools today go to http://guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/CredoInstruct.  If you have any questions about this resource please contact a librarian!

-Maureen Richards

Posted: 
April 3, 2020