Kresge Library

The Information Literacy Game

Play the Game!


Players take turns moving around the board, answering questions. There are four categories, and two questions must be answered correctly from each category in order to win.

The Categories are:
Purple Category  Category 1 - Choose Your Resource/Find Scholarly Articles
Green Category   Category 2 - Searching Databases and the Library Catalog
Blue Category   Category 3 - Cite Your Sources/Avoid Plagiarism
Red Category   Category 4 - About the Library

As you answer a question correctly from each category, you will receive a light corresponding to the color of the category. Once you receive a light for each of the four categories, you are placed on the Home Stretch.

On the Home Stretch, you must answer a question from each category correctly in order to advance a space. Once you have answered all four categories correctly, you win!

There are 3 special squares you can land on:

  • Light Bulb: This space will ask you to compare two different websites, or evaluate one website for different kinds of information. These websites will pop up in new windows, so be sure to close them when you are done.
  • Exclamation Point: This space will randomly do one of several things, such as giving or taking away lights, allowing you to choose an opponent to lose a turn or a light, etc.
  • Question Mark: This space will randomly choose a category and ask you a question. If it is a category you have not yet answered correctly, you will receive a light for a correct answer.

Single Person Play

Single play is much like the group game, with two additions. For reqular category questions (those questions that you get when you land on a colored square), you have 20 seconds to answer the question. If you do not answer within the time provided, the question will be marked wrong. In addition, you are only allowed 4 wrong answers for regular category questions. If you get a fifth answer wrong, then you lose the game.

Keyboard Commands

  • D - Roll the die to start the next player's turn
  • H - Opens/closes the Help Window
  • S - Toggles game sounds on or off
  • 1-4 - Select the correct answer to questions

Technical Information

You will need to make sure that Javascript is turned on in your browser and that any popup blockers are set to allow popups from Also note that the Web Site Evaluation questions will give you one or two links to click on with Web sites to evaluate. When you have completed your evaluation of the Web sites, simply close the window in which the site opened.


Scott Rice and Amy Harris, of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, are the co-creators of the original Information Literacy Game. Amy created the question categories, wrote the questions and additional information and selected websites for evaluation. Scott thought up the idea for the game, programmed the game using Ajax, and assisted with questions and Web sites.

Thanks also to Lynda Kellam for her assistance.

Adapted with permission for Oakland University by Julia Bauder.

Character icons provided by Chris Feragotti.

Created on 11/07 by Julia Bauder / Last updated on 3/7/18 by Beth Wallis
Oakland University

Oakland University, Kresge Library
2200 N Squirrel Rd., Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370 - 4426