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Rutgers’ RIOT & other infolit tutorials

Rutgers University’s RIOT (Research Information Online Tutorial) is a sweet suite of five animated and interactive information literacy modules.

Our friendly host Kate is just about to graduate from library school and needs to train you to take her tutoring position in the library.  You’ll have to  help some animated college students with a series of research tasks.

Kate trains you to help the students:

  • Select and narrow topics and apply limiters,
  • Find sources, identify primary, secondary and tertiary sources, use databases
  • Select keywords for database searches
  • Identify citations, distinguish between book and journal citations
  • Evaluate sources: practice evaluating the quality of sources

I kinda wish the topic section focused more on questions than topics, and I kinda wish the 2009 title was prescient enough to anticipate the growth of OER, social networking, and user-generated content.

But I am also kinda in love with this and can’t wait to use it with my high school kiddos!

Thanks to Stephen Abram via Richard Byrne for the lead!

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. I love these training modules. I have been trying to do the same thing at a high school level that is tailored specifically to the resources we have in our library. I know Rutgers hired a company to create the avatars. I am hoping to do something similar in a less expensive way. I have been exploring ways to use transparent video with Adobe After Effects, avatar animation Dreamweaver, and Edge. If you know of another resource, please let me know. Thanks for helping me find this great site.

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