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Library Instructional Services

Program Overview

Hutchins Library is running a pilot information literacy assessment project during the first eight weeks of the fall semester. It also runs during the first four weeks of the spring semester. 

  • Incoming students take an information literacy assessment survey prior to their arrival on campus.
  • Students receive their assessment results by letter during the first week of classes.
  • If students demonstrate competency in the basic information literacy skills that the assessment evaluates, they are certified as competent.
  • If students do not demonstrate competency in any or all basic information literacy skills, students have the option to enroll in one or more workshops that address any areas needing improvement.
  • Workshops are offered during the first eight weeks of the fall semester and the first four weeks of the spring semester.
  • Students register for the workshops online via the library website at times convenient to them. The library offers workshops at various times, including nights and weekends. Workshops last 30 minutes. At the end of the workshop, students will take a short assessment to demonstrate competency.
  • Student participation in the program is optional. Basic information literacy skills lay the foundation for student success during the first year and beyond.

The Workshops

The library offers three workshops for first-year students covering basic information literacy skills. The workshop topics are:

  • Finding Resources in the Library: Learn how to find resources in the library. This workshop will teach you how to use the library catalog (BANC) to find books and media owned by the library. You will also learn how to use a database (Academic Search Complete) to locate articles from journals and magazines. The workshop will also teach you about effective search strategies.
  • Evaluating Resources: So you found some resources...How do you know if they are any good? This workshop will teach you how to evaluate the information resources you find during your research. Learn how to evaluate resources for bias and appropriateness.
  • Understanding When to Cite:  Learn when and how to give credit to sources in your paper. Learn what is and isn't common knowledge. Learn how to avoid plagiarism.