Info Lit 1

Information Literacy 1 Learning Outcome

Students access appropriate information through common search strategies. They cite sources appropriately and articulate the value of accurate citations. Their papers are free of plagiarism.

Librarian Involvement in Info Lit 1 Courses

Your Librarian: A Learning and Research Team librarian is paired with each section of Learning Foundations and Learning Explorations. Instructors can always check our Research Appointments page to find out which librarian will be working with their class. Once you and your librarian are in contact, you can provide an overview of your course structure, your syllabus and assignment details as they come together, and your goals for information literacy instruction. We’re happy to consult with you and develop activities or assignments that will help you meet the Info Lit 1 learning outcome in a way that makes sense for your class and your students.

In-Class Instruction: One of Learning Foundations' required Common Elements is "Instruction by a research librarian on information literacy," so please let your librarian know when it might be best for them to work with your class. In-class instruction sessions can take many different forms (regarding the number or length of sessions, timing during the semester, session activities, session goals, etc.), and we look forward to collaborating with you to come up with a tailored plan for information literacy instruction.

Info Lit 1 Canvas Modules: We’ve developed six Info Lit 1 Canvas modules with built-in quizzes for instructors to import into their own Canvas courses:

  1. Library Orientation
  2. Understanding Source Types
  3. Developing a Search Strategy
  4. Searching a Database
  5. Evaluating Sources
  6. Citing Sources

To view the modules, ask your librarian to be added as a Student to our “Information Literacy and Library Research” Canvas course. Much of the same content, minus the module quizzes, is also publicly available for instructor reference and student review in our General Library Research Tutorials. To use the modules, add your librarian as a TA to your Canvas course. Then we can help you import the Info Lit 1 modules and work with you to tailor them for your specific course needs.

Note for Fall 2021 instructors: We have updated our modules for AY2021-2022. Please re-import the most current version rather than reusing modules from AY2020-2021.

The Canvas modules are meant to complement and support, rather than replace, in-class instruction by a librarian. As an asynchronous flipped classroom resource, they are available for students to review throughout the semester; they also free up librarians’ and instructors’ class time for more active learning, engagement, and application. Incorporating the Info Lit 1 Canvas modules is not a curricular requirement, but we strongly recommend incorporating all six modules. We see it as an issue of equity: these modules ensure all new CSB/SJU students are introduced to the same foundational concepts and will all be equipped to move forward with college-level research.

The following materials are from “How to Teach the Information Literacy 1 Learning Outcome” sessions we offered instructors in August 2020. They provide further information on the Info Lit 1 modules.

August 6th Session (Video)

Presentation Slides  PDF

Student Research Appointments

Students can schedule one-on-one or group research appointments with their librarian to get help finding, evaluating, and citing sources. We are offering both Zoom and in-person options for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please send your students our way if they need help!

In The Hive, each CSB/SJU student has a Support Network listing their instructors, advisor, and other individuals invested in their academic success – including the librarian paired with their LF/LE section for that semester. Students can also reach out to any other librarian on our team, based on the student’s research topic, course, or major and the librarian’s areas of expertise.