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What is Connect for Success?

CONNECT For Success is a set of Web-based instructional modules designed by the Carrier Library reference staff at James Madison University and adapted by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Library Automation Advisory Committee. The goal of CONNECT For Success is to introduce students to the services and collections in their college library and to teach students basic information-seeking skills.

The VCCS Core Competencies Initiative requires students to meet objectives relating to information-seeking and technology skills and includes the following skills:

  • The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  • The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
  • The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
  • (Developed primarily from the American Library Association Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education)

What do the modules cover?

Information Literacy Pre-Test
Introduction to Information Literacy
Introduction to the Information World
Searching Library Databases
Finding Information Resources
Using Web Resources
Evaluating Sources of Information
Citing Sources and Fair Use
Information Literacy Post-Test

What if I'm not a student?

CONNECT For Success can be used by students preparing to take the Competency Assessment, or by anyone else who wants to learn how to find information in the library, in databases, or on the Internet. If you are not a registered student you may use your TCC email address or login using "guest" as you email name and as your last name.

Assessment

A small group of selected TCC students (those enrolled in PSY 202 and SOC 202) were asked to participate in a statewide assessment of information literacy skills in March 2003. Results from this online test will help the Virginia Community College System determine how well the colleges are preparing students in these core competencies.

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