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.

Library Information Literacy and Research Tutorials: We’ve developed six Info Lit 1 tutorials 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

The tutorials 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 and SJU students are introduced to the same foundational concepts and will all be equipped to move forward with college-level research.

Student Research Appointments

Students can schedule one-on-one or group research appointments (via Zoom or in person) with their librarian to get help finding, evaluating, and citing sources. Please send your students our way if they need help!

In The Hive, each CSB and 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.

College of Saint Benedict
Clemens Library

37 South College Ave.
St. Joseph, MN 56374-2099

Saint John’s University
Alcuin Library

PO Box 2500
2835 Abbey Plaza
Collegeville, MN 56321

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