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Information Literacy Instruction

Have you found that your students don’t understand how to find, evaluate, or use information? Are they unsure how to find relevant and high quality sources for their projects? We can help!
Our librarians provide instruction to community members on a wide variety of information literacy concepts, following the professional standards set forth by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Some examples of instruction options are:

  • Research workshop: Students gather in the computer lab (basement of Platz) or bring their laptops to another location on campus for a group research session as they complete a research assignment. The librarian can provide basic instruction on searching for information using library databases, books, or web resources. This may include information on identifying scholarly, peer-reviewed works, trade information, and evaluating web resources. Most time will be spent allowing the students to work individually or in small groups, with the librarian available for assistance throughout their search. This is best scheduled for the time after they have identified their topics and before the assignment is due.
  • The Research Process: How do you progress from getting an assignment to turning in a high-quality, well researched and analyzed paper or presentation? This workshop can teach students concrete steps for conducting library research, forming research questions, basic search techniques, and citation management. The specifics of what is covered in any given workshop will depend on what the instructor prioritizes, the goals of the class assignment, and the stage of research that the students are currently in. This workshop is based on the ACRL Frames “Research as Inquiry” and “Searching as Strategic Exploration.”
  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual: Have you noticed that students may have difficulty identifying authoritative sources? Do they get confused based on the format of the information rather than how it was created and who created it? In this session, we explore how to identify authority in context.
  • Information Has Value: Citations are often the bane of students’ existence, yet they are vital for the ethical use of information, to avoid plagiarism, and to be part of a broader scholarly conversation. Here we look at the value of information, how to respect that value, and some basic citation instruction.

Whether one of these options sounds useful to you, or if there’s another aspect of research, information, or use of the library that you would like us to focus on, we will be happy to join you for a class or a portion of a class to help students be successful in their academic careers. Give a call to 326-2264 or email to set up a session!


Copyright Information

Classroom Use

Under the “fair use” guidelines of current copyright legislation, you may photocopy and distribute to your class:

  • One article from a single issue of a periodical
  • One chapter from a book
  • One illustration from a book or a single issue of a periodical
  • Two pages from a work consisting mainly of illustrations

Provided that you:

  • Use the material only once, not each term or each year
  • Use the material in only one of your courses
  • Include the copyright notice along with the material being photocopied

You must obtain written permission to photocopy and distribute copyrighted material to your classes in situations that do not fall under these guidelines.

Materials on the Internet

Copyrighted materials available on the Internet often include restrictions or instructions regarding their use. If no such information appears, you should assume that you may print copyrighted digitized material and distribute it to your class according to the same guidelines as photocopies. You may use copyrighted digitized material on your course pages provided access is restricted to your class.

For More Information:

United States Copyright Office
The official copyright page.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials
See the Rules of Thumb section.

Stanford University Libraries Copyright and Fair Use
More detail–Copyright FAQ, Fair Use defined, Current Legislation, links to other copyright websites.