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Information Literacy @ Madison College Libraries - Faculty Info: Written Communication

Written Communication Core Competencies

In addition to the general information literacy competencies for Madison College Libraries...

The Written Communication student will:


  • be able to navigate the Library Home Page

  • be aware of different types of information sources available

  • identify keywords from a topic statement and and find synonyms for those keywords

  • be able to execute simple searches in the Library Catalog

  • be aware of other catalogs and opportunities for retrieving those materials through interlibrary loan

  • know where to look for appropriate articles (often occupation-related research) from subscription databases

  • know how to access Madison College Libraries subscription databases from off-campus

  • be able to scan citations for currency, authority, and related subjects

  • know how to print, e-mail or save full-text documents from subscription databases

  • be able to, at a basic level, analyze books, articles, or web sites for authority, bias, and currency

  • be aware of appropriate citation management tools (e.g. Knightcite) to help create MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations

From Madison College WIDS (Outline of Instruction):

Course Competency/Course Outcome: Research Outside Sources


  • Locate a variety of sources

  • Document follows an accepted standard for documentation

  • Use varied sources of information

  • Differentiate between primary and secondary sources

  • Extract information using a variety of methods

  • Use acceptable documentation standards