Project Information Literacy Online Tutorial (PILOT)
Directions for these tutorials:
- Log in. Create an account if you don't already have one.
- Choose the tutorial that you want to take.
- Click on a unit in the left column. Continue to click through to the first page.
- Navigate with the arrow buttons at the top right of the screen.
You can return to this page by clicking on the home icon in the navigation bar.
After you login, choose from one of these tutorials:
- PILOT: PILOT introduces students to basic concepts of information literacy and how they apply to some typical undergraduate level assignments. PILOT can be taken all at once (five units) or each unit can be taken separately.
- FSU Seminar (FSUS): The FSUS tutorial will show you how the library can help you ace your FSU seminar class and succeed in your university career.
Unit 1: Identify
By the end of this unit, you will be able to list at least six types of resources available in your library, and describe the strengths of each one. You will also be able to explain why most library resources are not available through internet search engines like Google or Bing.
Unit 2: Select
By the end of this unit, you will be able to select appropriate resources based on popular/scholarly and current/historical criteria, and to justify your decision. You will also be able to explain the difference between free search engines and proprietary databases.
Unit 3: Find
By the end of this unit you will be able to create search terms from a research question and then expand those terms for more results. You will also be able to identify the differences between keyword searches and subject searches, and explain the advantages of using one or the other.
Unit 4: Retrieve
By the end of this unit, you will be able to use tools like the library catalog, databases, reserves system, and citation linkers to locate and retrieve information. Additionally you will be able to use interlibrary loan to retrieve full text when it is not otherwise available.
Unit 5: Evaluate
By this end of this unit, you will be able to list and define the three main characteristics to consider as part of the resource evaluation process. You will also be able to ask appropriate questions about the resources you're examining in order to discover those characteristics.
It's your ability to:
- perceive the information world around you.
- navigate that world and critically choose what is reliable and appropriate.
- find the right amount of information and gather it.
- ask for help when the path is unclear.
A world of information surrounds you. Command it.