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Instructional Inspirations: Visuals & Games

This guide identifies a variety of activities, online tools, web 2.0 technologies and videos to enhance information literacy instruction.

Visual Tools

Information Literacy Resource Bank

Boolean Operators and search tools with graphics and sound.

Suggested use: Use as a visual representation in class for demonstrating the differences in using AND, OR and NOT when searching.

Below, are direct links to visual examples of using AND, OR, NOT. 


Create your own word cloud - great for brainstorming!

Suggested Use: Have students create a wordle from an abstract, news article, journal article, etc. to demonstrate brainstorming and how to choose keywords for searching databases.


Wordle: Untitled


Guess the Google

Guess the Google is temporarily offline for updates - make your own picture montages using montage maker!

16 images appear - guess the word you would have to search in Google Images to get the image results.

Suggested use: Great for an ice breaker at the beginning of library instruction or a brainstorming activity when introducing effective database search strategies.  Have the students guess the words and shout them out in class.

Biblio Bouts

Students learn the process of finding high quality resources through searching, evaluating and creating a bibliography.

BiblioBouts is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS).

Suggested use: This would be a great tool for an embedded librarian to use in a course where a research paper is written and turn the research process into a game!

Cool Prezi on using Games in Library Instruction

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