Information Literacy


The mission of Giovale Library's information literacy program is to build a community of lifelong learners and collaborate with faculty to support college-wide learning goals. The information literacy program empowers students to navigate a complex information environment by challenging them to ask questions; evaluate, analyze, and synthesize sources; and create new knowledge through their research. By encouraging them to approach research as a process of exploration and discovery, we will help students at different levels of ability as they become part of the broader academic mission and use information for their ongoing academic, professional, and personal success.


Information Literacy Requirement in WCore

Information literacy is a requirement for all writing emphasis courses in WCore. Librarians work with faculty to integrate library workshops and assignments into their classes. Information literacy curriculum is course specific and serves as a basic introduction to college concepts. In all writing emphasis courses, information literacy assignments are developed and assessed by librarians and included as a part of the course grade.

Information Literacy Learning Outcomes for Writing Emphasis Courses

Students will be able to:

  • Refine a broad research topic into a focused research question.
  • Create relevant search terms for a given information need.
  • Select an appropriate search tool (such as GriffinSearch or a subject database) and conduct an effective keyword search.
  • Refine a search as necessary by using alternative search terms, limiters, and subject headings.
  • Access sources such as books, e-books, and journal articles.
  • Evaluate information in a variety of formats by asking relevant questions about the information's origins, authority, and purpose, and by considering the context in which it will be used.

Information Literacy Instruction Elsewhere in the Curriculum

Faculty are encouraged to contact a librarian about integrating information literacy into upper and lower division courses. Librarians work with faculty to develop instruction that helps students perform research for a particular assignment while using resources and research methodologies appropriate to the discipline.