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College 005

COLL 005 is a non-credit course that all entering undergraduate students must complete by the end of their first semester. All students required to complete College 005 should be automatically enrolled. Please contact the M Center if you need access, but don't have access. Once registered, College 005 will be available through Blackboard. Students not finishing College 005 in the first semester will receive an NP, which will permanently show on their record. Students not finishing College 005 will also have a hold placed on their record which will prevent them from adding and dropping classes.

Access to COLL 005 for the academic year will be available in Blackboard on July 1.


This course will increase student information literacy by focusing on information seeking skills, such as searching MINERVA (the Mills College Library catalog), Mills College databases and the Internet; evaluating resources; and gaining an understanding of the ethical and legal issues related to the use of information.


    Identify types of information sources and recognize the characteristics of information on the Web and library resources.

    Learn about topic selection and various search techniques used to locate information.

    Learn to search MINERVA (the Mills College Library catalog), and how to locate material in the library.

    Locate magazine, journal, or newspaper articles by searching article indexes, distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals, and search MINERVA to locate the periodical that contains a specific article.

    Identify the major types of Web sites, use search engines and metasearch engines to search the Web, and evaluate Web search engine results.

    Learn to cite sources, how to avoid plagiarism, and understand the reasons for copyright.

    Access the course content via the ResearchReady site then complete the corresponding quizzes on Blackboard.

How to Access the College 005 Course

If you have never accessed the Mills Portal you will need to set your password first. Please follow the directions on the Set Your Password for the First Time page.

If you have never accessed Blackboard, but have accessed the Mills Portal, you may need to reset your password. First login to the Mills Portal and then click on the "Change Your Password..." link in the lefthand area of the portal homepage and follow the rules for changing your password.

  1. Launch Internet Explorer on a PC or Safari or Firefox on a Mac.
  2. Go to the Mills Portal at login using your Mills username (You can also login via your SSN or BannerID).
  3. Click on the "Blackboard for Mills" link in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  4. Click on the "COLL005-01: Information Literacy" link.
  5. After completing the courses on the ResearchReady Site, click on the "Quizzes" link in the left navigation area to access the exams.

If you have questions about the status of your College 005 progress, or problems accessing the course, please contact Leia Casey at






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P: 510.430.2096
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Last Updated: 9/22/17