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CLUE (Campus Library User Education) is a Web-based, multimedia tutorial developed by the campus Library & Information Literacy Instruction Program and funded in part by a DoIT Adaptation Grant. The tutorial was designed to be part of a required information literacy module for the campus Communications Requirement courses but can also be used by anyone who wants to learn the basic information-seeking skills and strategies needed in order to start using the UW-Madison campus library system. Students who are completing CLUE as part of a Communication-A course should be sure to read the handout "Getting CLUED In: Library Assignment #1" before beginning CLUE.

CLUE consists of five interactive modules. The first module discusses some important differences between doing high school and college-level research. The second module provides an overview of the UW Libraries, including their organization, resources, and services. The third module covers five search strategies that are necessary to successfully use MadCat and licensed journal databases. The fourth module focuses on helping students learn the basic search options of MadCat. The fifth module focuses on the strategies and skills needed to select and search journal databases. Modules 3-5 include a quiz that covers the content of that module and gives students the opportunity to assess what they have learned. Students doing CLUE as part of Communication-A Course are required to turn in their quiz scores to their instructors. CLUE is available on the campus libraries Web site at:

CLUE uses Flash and Javascript. Information about the requirements to run CLUE are in CLUE Help Students who cannot run CLUE from their home computers because of lower-end hardware or software can do CLUE in the campus InfoLabs run by DoIT. CLUE offers online HELP, as well as an email link that can be used to contact the CLUE project directors with questions about CLUE. Feedback on the tutorial is also welcome!

For further information about CLUE or its development, please contact:

Sarah McDaniel , CLUE Project Co-Director
GLS Library & Information Literacy Instruction Office, 443D Memorial Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison
728 State St. Madison, WI 53706

Steven Frye, CLUE Project Co-Director
College Library, Room 3219
University of Wisconsin-Madison
600 N. Park St. Madison, WI 53706

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