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  The goal of information literacy is to ensure that all Westminster College students will be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information, applying current information technology when appropriate.
  A. Program Objectives focus on students being able to:
  1. Recognize that accurate and complete information is the basis for intelligent decision making
2. Recognize when information is needed
3. Develop successful search strategies based on an understanding of how information is organized
4. Identify potential sources of information
5. Evaluate information
6. Use and communicate information effectively
7. Use information in critical thinking and problem solving
8. Select and apply appropriate technologies when accessing, obtaining, and organizing information for use
9. Access the Internet, e-mail, and other forms of electronic communication
10. Use technology to convey information effectively
11. Use presentation software effectively
  B. Instruction focuses on developing students' understanding and effective use of:
  1. Ethics
2. Email
3. Graphics
4. Windows
5. Microsoft Word
6. PowerPoint
7. Research Concepts/Search Strategies
8. Evaluating Resources
9. Basic Reference Sources (Print and Online)
10. Advanced Reference Sources (Print and Online)
11. Online Public Access Catalog (iLINK)
12. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Other Resources
13. Periodical Indexes (Print and Online)
14. Internet Information Resources
  C. Each literacy component has identified essential skills and expected student outcomes.

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Ethics Top of Page
Understand and apply ethical standards
Understand and utilize Westminster College's Use of Information Resources Policy
Understand Copyright Rules
Demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism
Understand and demonstrate ethical behavior in group work
Comprehend the consequences of unethical actions

Email Top of Page
Read, compose, send, and delete messages
Create and manage folders
Create and use addresses
Effectively communicate electronically (minimum/moderate level)

Graphics Top of Page
Create good graphic presentations (PowerPoint)
Understand basic graphics principles
Enhance oral and written presentations with good graphics

Windows Top of Page
Start programs from icons and lower-left Start box
Use left mouse and right mouse
Maximize and minimize windows
Resize windows
Toggle between applications
Use toolbar and pull-down menus
Use Recycle Bin
Understand basic Windows concepts (icon, click-and-drag, etc.)
Know that there are alternate ways of doing things (using keystrokes, icons, etc.)
Open and close programs
Work with more than one applications at one time

Microsoft Word Top of Page
Enter and exit MS Word
Create, save to disk, and retrieve a document
Select text (word, sentence, paragraph)
Edit document
Format document
Use advanced formatting
Use spelling feature
View document
Print document
Create and print a decent-looking, accurate document
Know common terms associated with word processing

Power Point Top of Page
Create a slide program using either AutoContent Wizard or Blank Presentation
Create, edit, and format slides
Add and delete slides
Use slide sorter and view functions
Understand space limitations of a disk for graphics programs
Create an effective slide presentation using various features of PowerPoint

Research Concepts and Search Strategy Top of Page
Recognize information terminology and organize knowledge
Create a search strategy
Use a controlled vocabulary
Use primary and secondary sources
Use popular and scholarly sources
Apply information terminology to research problems
Demonostrate search strategy based on organization of knowledge
Ascertain popular versus scholarly treatment of subject matter
Decide what material is appropriate for assignments
Identify primary and secondary sources

Evaluating Resources Top of Page
Evaluate source for authority
Evaluate source for accuracy
Evaluate source for objectivity
Evaluate source for currency
Evaluate source for coverage (scope)
Be critical
Automatically check web resources for authority, currency, objectivity, scope, etc. before using

Basic Reference Sources Top of Page
Use various basic resources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, statistical works, almanacs,
     atlases, style manuals) whether in print or online
Use tables of contents and indexes
Know when it is appropriate to use basic reference sources
Identify and find the various types of basic resources whether in print or online
Use these resources to answer basic reference questions on various subjects

Advanced Reference Sources Top of Page
Use various advanced reference resources whether in print or online
Know when it is appropriate to use advanced resources
Identify and find the various types of advanced resources
Use these resources to answer advanced reference questions on various subjects

Online Public Access Catalog (iLINK) Top of Page
Understand all related terms and concepts (word or phrase, subject heading, truncation, etc.)
Formulate search strategies for books and AV materials
Determine the appropriate access point (word or phrase, subject, author, or title) and execure the
      search accordingly
Understand and use limiting function
Understand and evaluate search results
Locate items using call numbers
Find books and AV materials in the Library applying all pertinent concepts and search skills

Interlibrary Loan and Other Catalogs Top of Page
Know the ILL policies and procedures
Know how to access other online catalogs via the Internet
Be aware of resources outside of the library and know how to find them
Know how to acquire outside resources

Periodical Indexes Top of Page
Determine WC Library holdings
Find a periodical article using different formats (print, microforms, electronic)
Interpret complete article citations
Understand differences between general and subject-specific indexes
Find appropriate indexes and articles

Internet Information Resources Top of Page
Understand the basics of the Internet (what it is, how it works, and why use it)
Be familiar with key terms, concepts, and tools of the Internet (www, browsers, URLs, etc.)
Select and use appropriate search engines
Evaluate search results
Document Internet resources
Navigate and use the College's webpages
Use appropriate search engines
Evaluate and document information found on the Internet