What is Information Literacy (IL)?
The American Library Association's definition of IL:
"Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed
and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.
Here are a few example of classes offered:
Introduction to Information Literacy: This includes an introduction to using MINERVA, our online catalog to request books and other resources through inter-library loans.
Effective Searches: This shows how to use BOOLEAN and other operators for more effective searching
Evaluating Websites: This teaches different ways to evaluate websites, and recognize authoritative and scholarly websites
How to use Databases: This can be for specific databases, or as a general introduction to all our databases like Credo Reference, Proquest and CQ Researcher, and the differences between these databases.
Citation and Plagiarism: There are online tutorials which can be used to explain what constitutes plagiarism. Students are also shown how to use tools like Noodletools and Bibme to create citation lists.
Let us know if you would like to request an IL session for your students, or we can incorporate one or several sessions within your on-going classes, especially if it involves students conducting research for a paper or project. We can customize the lessons to complement your program or topics you have assigned your students to research. Please contact us at the library to discuss how we can best serve your needs.