Before You Write: Six Keys to Success – A Pilot Online Information Literacy Course for Graduate Nursing Students

  • Shannon Fay Johnson IPFW
  • Tammy Toscos IPFW


In this article, the authors share their experiences with the creation and implementation of an online self-paced information literacy instruction for graduate students of nursing.  Before You Write: Six Keys to success is a non-credit required online course attached to the Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) graduate nursing program.  The rationale behind the creation of the course was to help graduate students recognize areas where their information literacy skills may be lacking or have become outdated and provide them with tools to increase their proficiency, while still early in their first semester of the program.  It consists of six self-paced modules with built in scenario based assessments.  Before You Write was created, and is administered in, the university’s learning management system, Blackboard.


Author Biographies

Shannon Fay Johnson, IPFW

Reference and Information Services Librarian

Helmke Library  - IPFW

Shannon Johnson is the health science and science librarian at Helmke Library and works closely with the nursing department.

Tammy Toscos, IPFW

Professor of Nursing - IPFW Department of Nursing

Tammy Toscos recently completed her PhD in Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She is the first non-nurse appointed to a tenure track faculty position in the department of nursing at IPFW.