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Information Literacy in a FLASH Library@TCC

    1. FLASH Citations (.doc) (.pdf) organize citations with a library search strategy.
    2. FLASH Citations for Literary Research organizes citations for literary research.
    3. FLASH Controversial Topics use resources to frame your debate.
    4. FLASH English 111 (VB Campus) introduction to library resources.
    5. FLASH Literary Research introduction to literary resources.
    6. FLASH SDV 100 general orientation to the library.
    7. FLASH SDV Careers general orientation and career information. help
    8. FLASH Short Six basics for finding a book and an article. help
    9. FLASH Seven general orientation to the library. help
    10. FLASH Top Twelve concepts of information literacy. help
    11. FLASH Topic Worksheet to get started on any topic.
    12. VCCS Connect for Success information literacy online tutorial.

These Word documents are designed to teach Information Literacy Checklist Items*

Figure out what you want to find.

Explore general information sources to increase your familiarity with the topic. 1*


Define or modify information need to attain a manageable focus. 2 help
Identify key concepts and terms that describe the information you need. 3 help ¹

Look for sources of information.

Understand the potential and value of resources in a variety of formats. 6 help
Understand the difference between a library database and the Internet. 6

help ¹

Identifies purpose and audience of potential sources (scholarly v. magazine v. news) 7 help ¹
Plan your search strategy. 10 help
Example of a Written Research Plan (.pdf)    
Your research plan (Brief slide show)    
Use advanced search techniques such as AND, OR, NOT 11 help
What is a database? 13 help
What is the difference between searching a database and searching the Internet? 13 help
Search mulitple databases efficiently at one time 14
Library of Congress Subject Headings: Understands how to use the "Big Red Books". 17 help
Library of Congress Subject Headings in the library catalog: Understands key word versus controlled subject search.


Understands use of controlled subject search and use of a thesaurus. 17

help ¹

Construct a search strategy using appropriate commands for the information retrieval system selected. 18  
Demonstrates ability to locate non-print materials in an electronic resource using a citation. 21 help

Ask questions
about your results.

Did you get too many or too few results? Are they relevant to your topic? 24 help
Reading citations. 25 help
Evaluate your sources for quality and usefulness. 26 help ¹
Evaluating web sites 33 ¹

Select sources to use and cite.

Use various classification schemes to locate sources. 22 help
Cite using APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.   help
Reading citations. 25 help
Evaluate your sources for quality and usefulness. 26 help
Selects information that provides evidence for the topic. Locates scientific information or statistics. 30 help
How is the library like a specialty store? Reviews information retrieval sources used and expands to include others as needed. 32 help
Ethical use of information 33 help
Avoiding plagiarism 33 help
Provide accurate citations and understand parts of citations. 34 help

Just ask your librarian.

TCC Ask A Librarian help page
Connect for Success VCCS online tutorial
Handouts and Instruction Sheets
How do I?
Glossary of library terms

The FLASH acronym represents the information literacy plan in the Learning Resources Centers. FLASH combines materials, activities, and delivery methods in a deliberate move from teaching mechanics to teaching critical thinking. Designed to align with performance indicators of the information literacy core competency, FLASH provides criteria for assessment. As students gain transferable skills that they can use to search a library catalog, electronic database, or the Internet they also learn about the evaluation and ethical use of information. These are the skills they can use in their pursuit of lifelong learning.