Information Literacy - Assignments

Competency 1 - The information literate student is able to determine the nature and extent of the information needed  OUTCOMES

  • Students select and search the online catalog to locate library materials on a topic
  • Students use general reference sources such as encyclopedias to explore a topic
  • Students explore New York Times Online (1851-2001) in order to identify examples of primary sources
  • Students use a secondary source to trace a scientific study to the primary source
  • Students search a multi-subject database in order to explore the range of articles and topics published on a given topic
  • Students find and compare primary and secondary sources on a topic

    Sample Assignments
    burks / mccaffrey / judson / scoville

Competency 2 - The information literate student accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently OUTCOMES

  • Students access the library catalog by call number, title, author, and subject, and physically locate resources
  • Students develop a list of keywords, phrases, and subject headings for selected topics
  • Students examine the list of databases to determine those appropriate for a specific subject area or topic
  • Students maintain a research log in order to identify their research strategies, issues, problems, and success
  • Students use a database record of a periodical article to identify useful keywords,
    phrases, and subject headings in order to refine their search strategies
  • Students use an article bibliography to locate related research and examine relationship of the referenced sources to the article's thesis statement
  • Students use a database to identify scholarly research studies on a clearly defined topic
  • Students identify and differentiate between dissertations, book reviews, scholarly research and literature reviews within search results
  • Students develop a bibliography and identify means of access including library locations, full text databases, and Interlibrary Loan
  • Students track an author's/scholar's publications over a period of time

Sample Assignments
mccabe / lamb / judson / scoville

Competency 3 - The information literate student critically evaluates information and its sources and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system  OUTCOMES

  • Students compare a scholarly and popular / nonacademic periodical article on a given topic
  • Students search a scholarly/subject database and a multi-subject database in order to compare the content of the two databases
  • Students review a major journal in a subject area in order to understand review and publishing process, level of scholarship and authority.
  • Students compare a website and a journal article in order to develop and discuss evaluation methods and criteria
  • Students use a database to select two or three "best" articles or books on a topic and explain their choices
  • Students compare two encyclopedia articles on a topic
  • Students compare several academic reviews of a book and write one themselves
  • Students search the internet to locate scholarly sources and determine evaluation/ selection process

Sample Assignments
mccaffrey / scoville

Competency 4 - The information literate student uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose OUTCOMES

  • Students develop a bibliography or annotated bibliography on a well defined topic
  • Students work in small groups to develop a PowerPoint or poster session
  • Students lead a class discussion based on a journal article or book chapter
  • Students write a summary/abstract for a book or article
  • Students write a book review after examining scholarly examples
  • Students write a literature review on a topic
  • Students collaborate to prepare arguments for a topic debate
  • Students create a bibliography reflecting a scholar's publishing history

Sample Assignments
mccaffrey / scoville

Competency 5 - The information literate student understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information OUTCOMES

- The information literate student understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information
  • Students demonstrate proper documentation of electronic and print formats
  • Students define terms such as copyright, censorship, plagiarism
  • Students locate an article on an issue such a censorship and present to class
  • Students prepare for a debate on censorship or academic freedom issues
  • Students research the implications of downloading music illegally off the internet

Sample Assignments


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