Literacy 101 Test-Out Information
This course provides an
introduction to techniques of information retrieval and information
completing this course will have the skills needed to locate and
critically evaluate information, to think critically about research
strategies, and to apply these concepts to undergraduate research using
Library resources and the Internet.
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Recognize and articulate a need for information – formulate a question
based on information need, identify key concepts and terms
Define, identify and locate information resources – understand how
information is organized and stored, determine the best research tools,
know how to use a variety of resources
Develop and implement effective search strategies – create search terms,
perform Boolean searches, re-evaluate and revise search results
Critically evaluate, synthesize and organize information – use a variety
of criteria to assess validity of information, organize information in a
useful manner, create connections between information from different
Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose – edit
information to fit information need, understand plagiarism and crediting
sources, integrate new and prior information in creation of new product
Examination (Test Out) for a waiver of the Information Literacy General
typically could benefit from the Information Literacy Test-Out?
Someone whose high school had a systematic program of library
A transfer student whose previous institution had a systematic and
thorough program of library instruction
Who is eligible to take the Information Literacy Special
Beginning Fall 2003, all incoming undergraduate students are required to
pass Information Literacy 101.
If you transferred to St. Ambrose University prior to Fall 2003, please
contact the Records and Registration Office for general education
If you are in a Learning Community which has Information Literacy 101 as
one of its components, you may NOT test out of the Information
Literacy General Education requirement
Credit for IL101 will not be granted; only a waiver of the Information
Literacy General Education requirement can be gained by passing the
Test-out. There is no charge for taking the test, but a student
may only take it once.
material is covered by the Information Literacy Special Examination?
How information is organized in books, periodical literature (e.g.
journals, magazines, and newspapers), on the Internet, including the
major library classification systems
Knowledge of finding aids, their organizational structure and how to use
Examples of these include library catalogs, periodical indexes
like The Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature, Academic Search
Premier in EbscoHOST, Social Work Abstracts, ERIC or Medline in
FirstSearch, as well as Internet subject directories, indexes, or search
The ability to identify the “key words” or most important identifying
terms one would use in a search for information
Use of Boolean logic in structure of informational databases; using the
Boolean operators “and”, “or”, and “not” when searching an online
Analyzing and interpreting the information found in a bibliographic
record, i.e., the description of a book in an online library catalog or
of a journal article in an online index
Ethics of information use and misuse, including plagiarism and copyright
Know how to cite information sources properly using MLA and APA styles,
as for a bibliography
There are 2 parts of the test-out:
the first part is taken with pencil and paper, largely objective
(multiple choice, matching, ordering, etc.), and in the second part, you
will use the computer to perform a guided search for information.
You must pass both parts with a score of 70% or better.
A book which could help you prepare:
Quaratiello, Arlene R.
The College Student’s Research Companion. 2nd ed. New
York: Neal-Schuman, 2000.
(In the SAU Library, this may be found on the third floor at Z 710 .Q37
can I take the Information Literacy Special Examination?
It is usually offered in the first week of classes of Fall and Spring
The next Test Out for Information Literacy will be offered Tuesday,
August 21, 2012, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm; then again on Saturday, August 25, 2012, from
9:00 - 11:00 am in the Media Program Room 11, lower level,
the SAU Library. You may
call the Reference Desk, 563-333-6245, to register to take the test
(sign up for only one testing session) beginning August 13, 2012.
Future test-out dates will be posted on
do I go to take the examination?
The examination will be in the Library's Media Program Room in the lower
Bring pencils, erasers, and either your student ID card or a
do I pass the Special Examination, and how will I know?
Students need to score 70% or better on each part of the test
out. The test will only be given to a student once.
If the student does not pass with 70% or better on
parts, the class must be taken.
A letter will be sent to you with your results.
information, contact Barbara Kuttler at 563-333-6473 or