Edwin H. Mookini Library


Mookini Library & Staff / Library Collections /Library Services /Library Policies

LILO (Learning Information Literacy Online) was designed for college-level research writing courses with input from UH library and writing faculty. It is based on a product called LOBO (Library Online Basic Orientation) developed by library and writing faculty from North Carolina State University. LILO was produced by the University of Hawai‘i Information Literacy Committee, in collaboration with writing instructors throughout the UH System.

LILO engages the student in thinking critically about a research topic and the sources needed to support a thesis statement.

LILO is a supplement to, not a replacement for, library and information literacy instruction.

LILO supports instruction by providing an easy way for instructors to monitor a student's understanding of the research process and his / her progress developing information literacy skills. With a topic in hand the student reviews LILO content and answers questions using his / her topic. Answers are saved to the student's LILO account, and a worksheet with his / her answers can be printed and handed in, or emailed to the instructor.

LILO demonstrates college-level research paper writing basics in six modules:

The Research Process - Writing is framed as an important professional activity conducted in the working world (some students don't make the connection between the writing skills they learn in college and applying them as members of the workforce). The writing task is broken down into a series of steps. The Assignment Calculator enables students to plot a reasonable research and writing schedule based on your assignment due dates. This instills in the student the importance of planning work over time for maximum benefit and minimal stress.

Understanding Your Assignment - Students learn how to read an assignment by paying attention to the assignment's directions. 'Action verbs' used in the directions, such as analyze, compare and contrast, or argue are clear indicators of the instructor's expectations. The module ends with a general overview of the types of research materials available to your students in the library and beyond - books, periodical articles, and the Web.

Search Strategies - Here, students learn how to select and narrow a topic, develop a list of keywords and phrases, create Boolean OR and AND searching statements with the Keyword Builder e.g.,[ (cat or kitten) and (dog or puppy)], and a few other database tips and tricks. Students learn that literature searches are much easier once they have a working thesis statement. This module also has a wealth of topic ideas for students who have not yet selected one.

Searching - Students are introduced to databases in general. Hawai‘i Voyager, EBSCO periodical article searching, and how to select an appropriate database are covered. Students learn what call numbers are and how to use them to find books. Students are also shown how to efficiently use Web search engines.

Evaluating Sources - Students discover easy ways to evaluate books, articles, and Web sites for quality and topic relevance. The importance of considering authority, purpose, content and organization, publisher, and date of publication is clearly and succinctly explained. For example, students are asked to list the chapter titles of a book they're considering using as a source, and explain why these chapters are useful.

Resources - Students are introduced to the ethics of writing, what plagiarism is, its consequences at UH, and how to easily avoid it. Students learn how to correctly use direct quotes, and how to summarize and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism. LILO concludes with a discussion of APA and MLA citation styles by providing plenty of examples. The student is introduced to the Citation Builder, an automated way of creating APA and MLA citations.

LILO is a product of the University of Hawai‘i Information Literacy Committee, a group of UH librarians committed to teaching students critical thinking skills to retrieve, evaluate, and use information ethically. In May 2004, writing instructors and librarians throughout the UH System met at Windward Community College to discuss implementing LILO system-wide. At that meeting, a number of editing suggestions were made, and were incorporated into the present site. As this site is the product of writing instructors and librarians, we strongly encourage your feedback and comments as we continuously strive to improve the site. For your convenience, an email form is available on each LILO content page.

Access LILO using your UH Username and password.

Please read "Information for Instructors" at the login page for complete information.

For more information about LILO, please contact Thora Abarca, x47343 or tconner@hawaii.edu