University Libraries

Information Literacy Instruction

Brooks Library supports the development and application of information literacy practices through support instruction and curriculum design. Our goal is to assist students in understanding how to access, use, and create information. We align our instruction to the information literacy definition and information literacy concepts identified by the Association of College and Research Libraries:

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.[i]

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy:

  • Authority is Constructed & Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

What we provide:

Information Literacy Support

Student's Level

What’s Available:

Target Information Literacy Concepts

First Year Student

UNIV101 Library Component

 

  • Basic strategies to evaluate resources
  • Distinguishing popular and scholarly sources
  • Introduction to library search engine

ENG101

*content taught at request of instructor

  • Research topic development
  • Exploring the purpose of preliminary research
  • Library resources, tools, and material

And/or ENG102

*content taught at request of instructor

  • Strategies for starting research
  • Question development
  • Subject databases
  • Defining what makes a research topic scholarly

Sophomore

ENG101

*content taught at request of instructor

  • Research topic development
  • Exploring the purpose of preliminary research
  • Library resources, tools, and material

And/or ENG102

*content taught at request of instructor

  • Strategies for starting research
  • Question development
  • Subject databases
  • Defining what makes a research topic scholarly

Junior

Subject-specific library instruction

Defined based on course requirements and student needs

Senior

Subject-specific library instruction

Defined based on course requirements and student needs

Graduate Student

Subject-specific library instruction

Defined based on course requirements and student needs

Requesting instruction:

Subject-specific library instruction is available to students at any level. Faculty can request instruction for their classes through our online form: http://www.lib.cwu.edu/Instruction-Request

 


[i] American Library Association. (2015, February 2). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

 

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