We all are surrounded by information. It comes at us from all directions, all the time – from phones, computers, TVs, social media, and even from other people.

It can be overwhelming to find the information that we need without spending all our time digging through information that is not relevant or accurate. This is especially true when time is ticking away at work or for a classroom deadline.

GEN103: Information Literacy will help you find the information you need quickly and aid in evaluating the sources you find so you can be confident you’re using relevant and accurate information.
Here are three things to know about your GEN103 Information Literacy class:

1. Isn’t Google Good Enough?
Whenever we need to know something, we turn to Google and instantly select the information we need from the first few hits. That might be fine when you’re trying to remember or locate a fact. But for academic purposes, it’s not enough. In GEN103: Information Literacy, you’ll explore ways to evaluate all types of information. One method we use is called the CRAAPO test. That’s right – the CRAAPO test helps to assess Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose, and Objectivity. These are the elements you should look for when considering information to help solve a problem or answer a question.

Bonus: Another great place to find information is the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. In GEN103, you’ll use the library to find journal articles and other sources. These are the types of sources you’re likely to be asked to use in your upcoming classes. In this class, you’ll learn how to use the library step-by-step, so it’ll be easy!

2. Is There a Final Paper?
Throughout this class, you will discuss the research process and start building your final essay in week one. Beginning with a topic and research questions, you will build your essay topic, adding to it weekly. By the end of the course, you will have created a five-paragraph essay based on solid, credible information! So ultimately, no formal research paper is required, but you will get a small taste of what a research paper includes. It is great practice for your future courses!

Bonus: There’s a video walk-through of each assignment and a template to get you started– so all the tools you’ll need to succeed are right there in the classroom!

3. Is there a Live Learning Requirement?
In this course, students are required to attend one 30-minute Live Learning (LL) session via Zoom. LL sessions demonstrate how to use essential library tools to expand searching for information beyond Google! We understand that we all live busy lives, so an alternate option is available for those who cannot attend the live session. Just reach out to your instructor and work together toward this alternate option. Transcriptions will be available for the live sessions. Students who believe they may need accommodations to fully participate in the live sessions should contact the Office of Student Access and Wellness at [email protected].

Gen103: What’s In It for You

GEN103: Information Literacy provides a strong foundation to help you complete your assignments and upcoming classes more effectively and efficiently. You will learn how to log in, attend a meeting via Zoom, and use time management skills throughout the course.  Both skills will support your success in your professional life and your time as a scholar at UAGC.


Written by Dr. Tanya R. Mooney and Dr. Jennifer Robinson, GEN 103 Faculty in the Academic Engagement Center at the University of Arizona Global Campus.

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