First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Instructional Resources for FYE 1220 Faculty

The bulk of these resources were compiled by Lisa Smith, Assistant Professor and Information Services Librarian, and are divided into five primary categories:

Writing Across the Curriculum
Information Literacy
Evaluating Information
Citing Sources

Information Literacy Sample Assignments and Tutorials compiled by the Faculty Learning Community on Information Literacy

Writing Across the Curriculum

The WAC Clearinghouse: Supporting Scholarly Exchange about Communication across the Curriculum
International Network of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs
The WAC Clearinghouse publishes journals, books, and other resources for teachers who use writing in their courses.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy Overview
Association of College & Research Libraries, ACRL/ALA
The ACRL’s gateway to resources on information literacy, including the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to enhance teaching, learning, and research in the higher education community.

Evaluating Information

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly or, Why It’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources

by Susan Beck, New Mexico State University Library
Susan Beck’s resources page is divided into four categories: Examples, Criteria, Suggestions, and Bibliography. The Examples provide links to actual Web sites that exemplify the need for careful evaluation of information and serve as a useful teaching tool. The Criteria section provides a checklist of the evaluation criteria. The Suggestions and Bibliography sections offer tips for creating effective Internet assignments and links to further reading on the subject of critically evaluating information.

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University
Cornell University Libraries’ guide to information sources teaches students to evaluate resources using two approaches: an initial appraisal and a content analysis. The first approach requires students to evaluate resources in terms of elements such as authorship, date of publication, and publisher. The second approach requires an in-depth look at the item and provides students with clues to determine the author’s purpose for creating the work. These tips help students determine the appropriateness of sources other than Web sites. They cover the differences in scholarly vs. popular periodicals and primary vs. secondary resources.

Evaluating Information — Applying the CRAAP Test
Meriam Library, CSU, Chico
Librarians at CSU, Chico originated the popular CRAAP Test used by many to evaluate the reliability of Web-based information. The criteria, Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose, are useful in determining the reliability and usefulness of any kind of information resource. This link provides information about the CRAAP Test.

Citing Sources

Citing Sources
Duke University Libraries
Duke University Libraries’ guide to citing sources, includes how, when, and why to cite. It includes information about the background of the most common citation styles and provides examples of citing within the text of a paper and compiling a works cited list for both print and non-print material.

OWL at Purdue (Online Writing Lab)
This popular, comprehensive site provides information on all aspects of student writing and research. In addition to its excellent resources on style guides, it offers tips on a variety of writing skills. Click on the OWL at Purdue logo to link to a navigation page for the site. Some of the pertinent sections include an introduction to academic writing, research and citation, and a couple of sections on discipline-specific writing (Social Sciences and Engineering).

Research and Documentation Online
Bedford/St. Martin
Based on a print resource Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age, 5th Edition, by Diana Hacker, Bedford/St. Martin provides free access to a wealth of resources to guide students in locating, evaluating, and citing information in over 30 disciplines. It provides a guide to databases/indexes, key reference books, and Web resources for these disciplines. One particularly helpful aspect is the sample paper for each of the major citation styles that highlights formatting requirements for the specified style and effective writing techniques.


Plagiarism: How to recognize plagiarism
Indiana University
Produced by the Writing Tutorial Services at Indiana University, this site provides straightforward content about plagiarism. The creators provide some samples of how to paraphrase and quote others’ words and provide samples of incorrectly paraphrased passages. This site will be useful particularly if used in conjunction with the quiz linked below.

Plagiarism Quiz
Indiana University
Also from Indiana University, this ten item quiz provides instant feedback to the participants. Each question contains a short passage and a sample of writing using the text from the sample passage. Each item requires the participants to choose whether it is an example of plagiarism, and if so, they select the answer which explains why it is an example of plagiarism.

The Learning Center
Created by iParadigms LLC, makers of
The Learning Center at provides ample resources geared primarily for instructors who want to teach writing and research skills.

Last updated: 6/7/2018

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