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1 Improving the Quality of Student Research through Information Literacy Arianne Hartsell-Gundy Humanities Librarian

2 What Is Information Literacy? “Set of competencies that an informed citizen possesses to participate actively in society” Five core principles – Recognize the need for information – Determine effective search strategies – Identify appropriate resources – Utilize information resources and library services – Evaluate and analyze info in various formats Related to critical thinking

3 Information Literacy Skills Can be seen as a tiered process (analogous to the Miami Plan) Students will not be at the same level More Than Just “Library Skills”

4 Why does it matter? Most students who enter college are not effectively equipped with the skills to: – Correctly cite external sources – Completely avoid plagiarism – Recognize differences (and use of) scholarly materials – Navigate the vast amount of information available

5 How does/can this affect you? Papers that are not complete/in depth Poor/undocumented sources “Borrowed” material Backwards Research

6 What can the library do?

7 (Some) Instruction Options Library Instruction – In the library or your classroom – Many timing options – Within assignment context – Follow-up Blackboard Embedded Librarian – Virtual Discussions/Help Sessions

8 (Some) Instruction Options Scaffolded Research Assignments – Librarians can assist with design – Ensure quality of research along the way TIM Workshops In Your Classroom – Specific to your class

9 (Some) Instruction Options Online Learning: Miami eScholar – – Academic Integrity and Information Literacy – Final Quiz with Completion Certificate

10 Instructional Effectiveness What do students know? – Information Literacy Perceptions Survey How did students achieve? – Incorporate IL into rubrics – Class-specific questionnaires – ePortfolios

11 Subject Specialist Librarians Knowledgeable of your field Can assist with instruction sessions – Integrated sessions (short sessions, multi classes) Can help to create/enhance assignments Small-group/individual assistance

12 Questions? Eric Resnis Instruction/Information Literacy Coordinator 208 King Library Arianne Hartsell-Gundy Humanities Librarian 210 King Library


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