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Intro to Info Lit Classes

Asychronous classes teaching about information literacy for student use, or faculty to assign.

Class 2 instructions

Class 2: Whose Voice Matters?

Welcome to the 2nd Intro to Info Lit class. Please read the following instructions before starting:

  • You'll need a writing utensil and paper to take notes. You can also take notes on a word processor.
  • If a video asks you to log in, use your Moodle Credentials. You don't need an account to use Padlet or Twitter.



Section 1: Identifying an Information Community You Belong to


Step 1: Watch the following video and complete the writing assignment in it.

Class 2 steps heading Padlet

Step 2: Add a Community, Authority, and Hashtag (#) to Padlet

  • Add the following to the Padlet:
    • 1 of the communities you wrote down (make these communities green)
    • 2 of the authorities associated with that community (make authorities blue - pictures of your authority encouraged but not required)
    • 2 of the hashtags (#) associated with that community (make hashtags yellow)
    • Connect your community to your authorities and hashtags
  • Leave Padlet open -- you'll be using it in the next section, and then later in this class.

Class 2 steps heading Twitter search

Section 2: Researching Someone Else's Community

Step 1: Pick someone else's community to work with

  • On our Padlet, pick a community that somebody else posted. It must be a community that you are not a part of. Try to pick something you find interesting but don't know a ton about, if possible. Write down that community and the two hashtags associated with it.
  • "Like" the green community Padlet you worked with by clicking the little heart on the bottom left side of the box.


  • You will be working with this community and the hashtags associated with it for the rest of this section.


Step 2: Watch the Following Two Videos



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Twitter Search Revised

Step 3: Twitter Search Using Somebody Else's Hashtags 

  • Visit Using the "Search Twitter" Box, do a search for one of the hashtags that you wrote down in Section 2: Step 1.

Make sure you format your search starting with the hashtag symbol (#). For example, you might search for "#librarylife." Look at the "Top" posts.


  • Pick one of the top three posts, and research the person or organization (authority) that created the post. Look at their profile, what they tweet about, etc. Why did they rise in the "top posts?" What makes them have credibility? Feel free to Google them as well.
  • Look back at the results from your search. Write down two more hashtags that you see popping up about the topic you looked up. 
  • Using either the authority or the hashtags you just found, locate a primary source about the community you're researching. It could be an image, a Tweet, a quote, etc. 
  • Make sure to leave this Tweet up so you can add it to our Padlet later.

Class 2 step heading: Authority

Step 4: Watch Video about Authority in Scholarly Communities

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Step 5: Research using Library Databases

  • Watch the YouTube video "How to Access Scholarly Sources using the Discovery Tab and other Discovery Searching Tips" below. 
  • Note the following as you are watching to help you with the next step:
    • How to get to the Discovery database and do a search
    • How to limit your results to scholarly sources 
    • How to find the MLA citation for your source 

YouTube video: Discovery

Class 2 step heading: library search

Step 6: Library Search for Scholarly Source

  • Visit the library's website (
  • Conduct a Discovery search with the same words as one of the Twitter hashtags you've written down for Section 2:
    • Use plain text, for example, #blacklivesmatter becomes black lives matter
    • Search for only scholarly sources
  • Answer the following questions in your notes. You'll have to add some of this information to Padlet.
    • How many search results did you retrieve?
    • What are the titles of the first 3 articles in your search results?
    • Choose 1 of the 3 articles to research further:
      • What are the other subject terms? Find the subject terms by looking where it says "Subject":

  • Who is the author? Do a Google search to find out more about the author. For example, what makes this person an authority on the subject?
  • Finally, find the MLA Citation for the article. If you don't know how to find this, refer back to the video above. Make sure to have this ready for the next step.

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Step 7: Add New Materials to Padlet


  • Add the following:
    • Add either the hashtag or authority that you found in Step 3 of this Section using the appropriate color (hashtags are yellow, authorities are blue).
    • Add the Primary Source you found in by linking it or typing the Tweet. Make this primary source red. 
    • Connect the new authority or hashtag to the community you investigated (somebody else's community that you've been working with in Section 2)
    • Connect your primary source to the authority or hashtag you just added.

Class 2 step heading: padlet

Step 8: Final Padlet Addition of Scholarly Source


  • Add your Scholarly Source to the Padlet by doing the following:
    • Make a note on the padlet by clicking the note button on the bottom right of the hashtag you searched to find your Scholarly Source.
    • In the note, add the MLA citation for the source you found. Press "Enter" to submit the citation.
    • In a separate note, under your first one, type a bit about who the writer is. What did you find out about their authority? Why are they important? Who are they? You don't have to write more than 1-2 sentences.
    • If you need help with these steps, watch the following video on how to complete them in Padlet. Click "CC" for subtitles

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Section 3: Class Survey & Badge Information

Info Lit class Survey

Class 2 steps heading Badge

Badge Information

Badge survey