Embedded Skill: Information Literacy

Requirement – A student will be required to have two IL courses.

Requirement Purpose

An information literate person is able to ask appropriate questions related to an information need and discover explanations and specific answers to those questions based on evidence. The goal of information literacy is knowledge, the basis for good decision making. Through the ability to make informed decisions, information literacy becomes a means by which individuals can develop into engaged citizens and contributing members of a community. Information literacy, as a methodology and a set of skills, allows and inspires individuals to be life-long learners. Information literacy is common to all academic disciplines; therefore, individual skills and concepts change when applied to specific fields of study and inquiry.

Required Course Characteristics

A course in this area will

  • be developed in consultation with a reference librarian for first time instructors of the course
  • offer explicit instruction in the use of information literacy skills
  • require students to utilize information literacy in completing assignments
  • provide feedback that is designed to help students evaluate and improve information literacy skills

Embedded Skill Learning Objectives

Through completion of an IL course, students should be able to

  • define a need for information and ask relevant questions to develop a research strategy, which requires the student to
    • choose and refine a research topic
    • identify key concepts and terms related to the topic
    • develop an awareness that information exists in various formats
  • search appropriate resources which might include databases, the Internet, books, journals, expert information, films and visual imagery
  • identify most appropriate information resources and data sets
  • assess and evaluate both the information and the information’s sources
  • recognize academic integrity, how it relates to plagiarism and responsible use of information by understanding fair use of copyrighted materials and various forms of proper citations such as MLA or APA

IL Proposal Form

Information Literacy Resources @ Dunn