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Library Modules Resource Guide for FYS Faculty: Information Literacy Curriculum

First Year Seminar Learning Goals

The Goals of Practice require not only activities but also structured assignments to give students both opportunities to develop the skills and meaningful feedback from their instructor.

Goal 10: Practice the Acquisition of Information Literacy Competencies (in coordination with the required FYS Online Library Component provided by University Library)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs): Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate assignment completion and support-seeking strategies (Module 1)
  2. Use multiple types of information sources used to investigate a research topic (Module 1)
  3. Identify strategies and explore background information sources to establish a research topic (Module 2)
  4. Identify search strategies in order to locate information sources (Module 3)
  5. Apply criteria for authority and other evaluation criteria in order to determine the credibility of sources (Module 4)
  6. Recognize general attribution and citation fundamentals in order to give credit to and/or acknowledge the original ideas of others (Module 4)

from: Learning Goals for FYS Courses 

This document offers more context on the Online Library Component's Student Learning Outcomes that may be useful as you brainstorm how to integrate it into your course.

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

First Year Seminar Library Modules

Belk Library and Information Commons provides instruction in information literacy content to first year students through the First Year Seminar Library Modules. The Modules are linked to each first year seminar course via AsULearn and consists of four modules designed to 1) facilitate consistent and standardized delivery of information literacy content, 2) ensure alignment with the FYS Learning Goals, and 3) introduce the core competencies of information literacy.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Research
    • Understanding the Assignment
    • Scholarly and Popular Sources
    • Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Module 2: Choose a Research Topic and Explore Background Research
    • Choose a Topic
    • Locate Background Research
  • Module 3: Doing Research and Finding Sources
    • Developing Keywords
    • Searching the Web
    • Searching the Library
  • Module 4: The Value of Information
    • Evaluating Sources
    • An Introduction to Citation and Plagiarism

All modules are required as they provide a foundational introduction to the research process, however we recognize that research is often a non-linear and iterative process, and it may make sense for you to discuss and assign the modules in the order that best works within your course.

The Modules function as reusable learning objects and students can go back and review the information as often as needed. The First Year Experience Librarian is available to meet with FYS faculty to work to integrate the content seamlessly within the course.

Assessment is pass/fail based on completion of the Modules but we offer an additional option if you want a more thorough assessment opportunity.

We look forward to working with FYS faculty (this includes UCO 1200, HON 1515, and WRC 1103) to improve the information literacy content within the module, assess student learning, and continue to provide opportunities for students to engage with librarians and the library.

Contact Your Librarian

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Mollie Peuler
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Belk Library
828-262-8413