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Virtual Information Literacy Orientation Series (VILOS)

Overview of the Virtual Information Literacy Orientation Series

Dive into the Virtual Information Literacy Orientation Series (VILOS), a dynamic collection of Information Literacy focused units propelling students into the world of undergraduate research. With each unit centered on a specific theme, VILOS offers a roadmap to the development of information literacy for lifelong learning. 

Virtual Library Orientation (VLO) Core

Discover the Virtual Library Orientation (VLO) Core – your gateway to mastering undergraduate research. Unveil the art of basic research strategies, and delve into live instances of Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) and Academic Search Premier.

Complete with the VLO Quiz to showcase your expertise, and show your progress by emailing your results to your instructor.


The Ethics unit consists of two modules - Preventing Plagiarism and Why We Cite. 

Preventing Plagiarism requires students to read FCC's academic integrity policy, respond to it, and affirm that they understand it. Why We Cite introduces students to the idea of scholarly conversation, as well as providing guidance on common knowledge,  quotations, paraphrases, and summaries in their work.


Immersion units lay the groundwork for complex information literacy concepts such as the effective use of search syntax, models for evaluating sources, such as the CRAAP method, or how to meaningfully engage with academic content by way of note-taking and annotating


The Discipline unit focuses on a student's subject-specific needs, such as using PsycArticles to locate original, empirical research studies. Future units will include using CINAHL and Medline to perform PICO(T) searches, and other discipline specific acitivities. 

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