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Information Literacy Instruction

Information Literacy II Course Outline

Session Description

Information Literacy II is an 80-minute session required as part of the ENGL II-English Composition II curriculum.  The session is taught by a librarian in the Library Classroom during one regular meeting time of each English Composition II section.  The classroom faculty member is required to be present during the session and encouraged to work with the librarian to best prepare students for their research assignment. 

Statement of Need

Information Literacy II builds on the information literacy concepts and skills introduced in Information Literacy I, completing the students’ Information Literacy program at RVCC. The session provides students with the skills necessary to conduct introductory and scholarly research across disciplines at the college level.  This dedicated session of information literacy instruction provides students with a professional librarian’s assistance in search strategies, resource selection and source evaluation.  

Place in College Curriculum

This session is a required component of the English Composition II curricula, as stated in the ENGL 112 Course Outline, section V.E..  (ENGL 112 is a requirement of all degree-seeking students.)

Outline of Content

  1. Review of identifying and searching for scholarly articles (may be accomplished using tutorials prior to library session)
  1. Using reference sources and scholarly book sources to develop a topic.

May include:

  • Searching multidisciplinary reference databases
  • Using reference books
  • Catalog searching, including using subject headings
  1. Searching subject-specific databases and evaluating results to find appropriate sources.

May include:

  • Selecting an appropriate database (using database descriptions, research  guides, or RVOneSearch as a gateway)
  • Searching by subject heading
  • Hands on activities requiring source evaluation

Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes

General Education Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Develop and narrow a research topic by exploring reference sources and other general sources of information about a topic.
  2. Recognize differences between source types, especially by considering the purpose and intended audience of a source.
  3. Select the most appropriate databases or search tools for a topic and evaluate sources for relevance to the topic and assignment.

Modes of Teaching and Learning

  1. Librarian-led demonstration at instructor computer (no more than 60% of class time)
  2. Hands-on practice at student computers (at least 40% of class time)
  3. Small-group work
  4. Class discussion

Updated 9/2016 MD