In a college setting, we have the opportunity to practice information literacy through research assignments. These modules are centered around helping your students learn about information in a college setting, and help them with their research assignments. There is no one right way to do this. If we conceive of information literacy as a literacy, then it is less about us teaching the exact right thing, and more about giving students a mental framework for learning.
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How do I get started?
Start (with or without help from a librarian – and we’d be happy to help!) by looking over your syllabus:
Think about what you teach, too:
Information Literacy is an intellectual framework for recognizing the need for, understanding, finding, evaluating, and using information. These are activities which may be supported in part by fluency with information technology, in part by sound investigative methods, but most importantly through critical discernment and reasoning. Information literacy initiates, sustains, and extends lifelong learning through abilities that may use technologies but are ultimately independent of them.
-Bundy, Alan L, et al. Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework : Principles, Standards and Practice. 2nd ed. ed., Adelaide, Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy, 2004.
Information literacy is often confused with computer literacy and information retrieval. These two skill sets, while they can inform information literacy, are very different. Computer literacy and information retrieval are focused on the technical aspects of using technology and finding information while information literacy is focused on the content found with the technology and information retrieval systems. Information and library literacy are also often confused with one another or used interchangeably. Library literacy and information retrieval are much narrower in scope than information literacy.
The Research Log is meant to be modified to support any research assignment. It's a tool that can be used to support student thinking throughout the research process, so it's been included in every module.
So, how do you use it? Any way you want! If you would like assistance figuring out how to adapt the log to your course, please ask a librarian - we'd love to work with you.
The Research Log is hosted as a Word document. It is available for download to your computer, and you are encouraged to make any changes you'd like.
Here are a few examples showing how the Research Log has been adapted to different class assignments:
EN 1010 Research Log Assignment
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