Getting Started with INFO 200

Course Introduction for All INFO 200 Students

Course Introduction for Stephens Section INFO 200 Students

Our course modules will take you through various topics related to information, communities, and information services. All modules include the following sections:

Things to Read

The required readings explore topics you are expected to understand and incorporate into your assignments for all modules in the course.

Things to View

The assigned and required media-based presentations extend your knowledge and offer new dimensions to the topics. Media-based presentations include YouTube videos, blogs, lectures, and more.

Things to Explore

These materials are optional enhancements to the course content that offer more insight into the module topics.

Blogging Information:

Blog Reports Assignment Video:

Useful Links:


Student Privacy Options and Background Information:

How To Pages: 

Troubleshooting (Groups):

Feedly Links: 

RSS Explained:

Tips for Coursework:

Dr. Linda Schamber, formerly of the University of North Texas (UNT) School of Library and Information Science, developed a helpful guide for APA 7 citations and writing. Two of your INFO 200 instructors attended UNT and found Dr. Schamber’s guide invaluable for student work.

NOTE: As of October 2019, we use APA 7th edition. Please check for accurate APA 7th edition citation style.


Complimentary Professional Membership:

Great news for all in INFO 200! In case you had not heard, all MLIS students in INFO 200 are given a complimentary (yes, it is free!) one-year membership to certain professional associations. It is encouraged that you take full advantage of this free one-year membership. You may read more here, but will be receiving more communication on this via email after the drop period.

The link to register for your complimentary membership:

Please use this form to select which association you wish to join. The form will open after the drop period.

If you do not make a selection, you will not receive the complimentary membership.

You will be joined at your address on file in MySJSU and cannot change a selection once it is made.

Looking for Peer-reviewed (scholarly) Articles:

You will be searching independently for peer-reviewed articles as part of the research process for INFO 200. To get started, the SJSU Library offers tips on how to check if a source peer-reviewed: 

You can also use Ulrichs to check if a resource is peer-reviewed and also examine the details of the journal webpage: 

These concepts will be explored much further in Module 2. 

Writing Support:

The School of Information offers a variety of types of support for graduate-level writing. A writing tutor is available to iSchool students who would like to review their work with a specialist. See the link below for details.

Our Writing Specialists are student tutors who have met a rigorous GPA requirement and have been highly trained by SJSU’s Writing Center. iSchool Writing Specialists can help you organize your paper, cite sources using APA 7 style, avoid plagiarism, and use correct grammar and punctuation. They understand the special needs of students learning English as a second language, students with learning differences, returning students, and more

All tutoring appointments are scheduled through our Online Reservation System 

Plagiarism Resources:

Please review these resources if you have any questions on plagiarism:

About Plagiarism: 

Avoiding Plagiarism: 

Did I Plagiarize?: 


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