Information Literacy: Goals and Objectives (Outcomes)

As part of our adherence to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, Ellender Memorial Library informs students of the most efficient and ethical methods of performing scholarly research. The Library strives to ensure that all students and faculty have access to information and services which support the processes of learning and enhance the development of independent life-long learners.  In order to accomplish this, librarians offer bibliographic instruction sessions on the tenets of information literacy and library resources as listed below:

  1. The use of the library’s catalog
    • Students will understand how to access and use our web-based catalog.
    • Students will leave with the understanding that the library’s catalog can be searched for books, eBooks, journal titles, videos, and multimedia items.
    • Students will learn that the catalog can be searched by keyword, author, title or subject. By using the Power Search interface in the catalog search, they will be able to combine search times using Boolean terms like and, not, and or, enabling them to perform searches based on multiple criteria as well as limit their search results by format or location (reference book, eBook, government document, etc.)
  1. The use of electronic research databases
    • Students will learn that electronic databases allow them to quickly search for journal articles through an interface similar to Power Search, thereby giving students not only speed but comprehensiveness.
    • Students will learn that these online databases make it possible to combine as many terms as are necessary to find exactly the information that is required, and they will become familiar with this process.
    • Students will learn how to identify scholarly journal articles from magazine articles.
    • Students will develop the ability to download a full-text article or save the citation of an article to be used to request article through Interlibrary Loan if not immediately available through the database.
    • Students will understand that using these databases is not the same as “getting an article from the internet.” They will learn that the articles in these databases are the actual articles from journals and magazines.
  1. Evaluation of Internet Sources
    • Students will learn the basic tenets of how to evaluate information sources.
    • Students will understand that it is essential to evaluate all information, especially that found on the internet.
  1. Citation and Plagiarism
    • Students will understand that no one does research in a vacuum, for the product of research is a document, be it a paper, article, or lab report.
    • Students will understand why citing others’ information is essential to avoiding plagiarism as well as promoting scholarly communication.
    • Students will learn how to find authoritative guides for various types of citation styles.
  2. How to use reference resources
    • Students will understand that reference resources, both print and online, are to be used as a starting point for their research.
    • Students will be able to access and use the library’s reference resources in print and online formats including dictionaries, encyclopedias (both general and subject specific), handbooks, etc.