If you would like to improve the quality and credibility of sources used in student work, ensure that students have basic information literacy skills, and introduce your students to discipline-specific resources, invite your Subject Librarian to lead information literacy instruction for classes of any size, in-person or online.
These are just some of the areas your Subject Librarian can cover during information literacy instruction:
- Thesis/Topic Development
- Research Strategies
- Finding & Evaluating Sources
- Citation Processes & Norms (including Plagiarism)
- Social, Economic, and Legal Aspects of Information
- And more….
Librarians are committed to helping students develop skills to effectively find and use information in order to meaningfully engage in disciplinary scholarship. The ease of access to information makes it difficult for students to know how to consume it. For example, many students struggle to figure out if something they are reading online is a credible article or a blog. This results in poorly developed research papers and weak literature reviews.
IUPUI University Library offers instruction sessions on information literacy skills and library research for individual courses. Librarians work with faculty to tailor sessions to the needs of a specific session. Learning outcomes (see below) for sessions are tied to Information Literacy (the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information effectively), the Principles of Undergraduate Learning and Principles of Graduate and Professional Learning. Librarians also use Information Literacy learning outcomes to guide our teaching.
Librarians can also provide additional course support such as creating subject and course research guides, integrating IL tutorials and quizzes into Canvas, consulting on assignment and syllabus design, research appointments for individuals and small groups, and more.