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Faculty Services


Information Literacy Instruction

The goal of Information literacy (IL) instruction at LSC-Montgomery is to teach the skills needed to support the development of  information literacy in each student. According to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACLR) an information-literate student is able to: 

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.

Librarians play an important role in developing the information-literate student. IL instruction sessions at LSC-Montgomery are specifically developed to cover several key elements listed above, and the librarians have identified goals and learning outcomes that reflect the unique material covered during these sessions. While the learning outcomes for IL sessions differ from the course learning outcomes, each IL session is customized to support the student in meeting the outcomes of the course. 

View the LSC-Montgomery Library Information Literacy Curriculum

Session Types

Customized Library Instruction to Support Course Learning Outcomes and Assignments

All information literacy instruction sessions are customized to meet course specific learning outcomes and assignments. Sessions can be designed to provide a basic introdution to library serivces, basic research skills, or advanced research skills. All sessions include an interactive, hands-on presentation. 

A basic Introduction to College Research is offered in two parts. The first part is designed to meet the learning outcomes for EDUC 1300 and the second part is desgined to meet the learning outcomes for ENGL 1301. These sessions can be provided in-class or accessed online.

Online Information Literacy Instruction

Introduction to College Research, Part 1

  • Introduction to Library Services
  • Highlight Student Success and Career Collection
  • Role of the Librarian
  • Understanding the different types of information and their application (e.g., multimedia, database, website, data set, audio/visual, book)
  • Understanding the difference between academic and non-academic resources and their application (e.g., popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical, bias vs. unbias, primary vs secondary)
  • Evaluating Information
  • Identifying and avoiding plagiarism

Introduction to College Research, Part 2

  • Planning research
  • Defining your information need
  • Identifying search terms
  • Combining search terms
  • Finding a Book: Searching the Catalog
  • Finding an Article: Searching ASC, OV, and CQR or other relevant database(s) depending on the topic
  • Website Evaluation (If appropriate to the assignment)
  • Citing Sources