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BILS (Building Information Literacy Skills) Tutorial

A text and video tutorial that will introduce students to the research process and Bunch Library


The BILS test is part of Computer Proficiency (GND 1050 or 2050), which all students must pass by the end of their freshman year.  Computer Proficiency is completely online!

Login to your MyBelmont account and click on "Blackboard."  Locate Computer Proficiency on your list of courses.  (Note:  If you have not registered for Computer Proficiency, it will not appear.)  Remember to use the "Help" button if you get stuck.

You will need to purchase the access code for the course, either at the Belmont University Bookstore, or directly through Blackboard.  To purchase online, follow these steps:

1) Go to the Blackboard course for GND 1050 (or 2050).

2) Read the syllabus - it will tell you what your login information is.

3) Follow the steps in "SimNet student registration" to set up an account.

4) Purchase online access through SimNet.

5) Go to the class testing materials and begin testing!


BILS (Building Information Literacy Skills)

What is information literacy?

"Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (ACRL)

Basically, you are information literate if you know how to learn. This is a crucial set of skills for any profession because things change! In your career, whether it be nursing, teaching, or music business, you will be responsible for keeping up with changing knowledge, standards, and trends.

The purpose of the BILS tutorial and of the library instruction program at Belmont is to help you become information literate so that you can manage the deluge of information you encounter on a daily basis and in your career.


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