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Sift & Winnow: Libraries@UW

Sift & Winnow: Libraries@UW is a tutorial to support the required blended information literacy module for campus Communication-A Requirement courses.

About Sift & Winnow: Libraries@UW

The tutorial consists of six lessons which covers:

  • Librarian assisting a student with the Sift & Winnow multimedia online tutorialStarting your research
  • Information Landscape
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Information-Seeking Strategies
  • Evaluating Sources
  • Help from librarians

Instructor Directions

If you would like to view the tutorial lessons you can self-enroll. (Will be updated soon to reflect edits for Fall 2020)

Any course instructor on campus can add all or parts of Sift & Winnow to their Canvas course page.  Student completion will be automatically noted in the course grade book.

  • Canvas Directions – PDF of Instructor Directions (Will be updated soon to reflect edits for Fall 2020)

Student Directions

If your course instructor assigned Sift & Winnow: log into your course management system to access the lessons.

Access the modules independent of a course: self-enroll. (Will be updated soon to reflect edits for Fall 2020)

Contact for further information or troubleshooting about Sift & Winnow

Alex Stark, E-Learning Librarian

Sheila Stoeckel, Director, Teaching & Learning Programs


Sift & Winnow was funded by a UW-Madison Educational Innovation grant and developed in partnership with UW-Madison DoIT Academic Technology.