What do your students seem to struggle with most?
Want to improve the information literacy-related instructions in your assignments but not sure where to start? This checklist is designed to help identify common pitfalls in assignment design and is divided into three sections that align with the Project Information Literacy report, Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today’s College Students.
These tools have been adapted with permission from Maricopa Community College Library Instructional Council and Maricopa Center for Teaching and Instruction.
Niagara University Library's reference librarians train students to use Library resources to their fullest. Through personal attention and professional training, students learn to conduct research themselves and solve research problems.
To schedule a training session, please contact Melissa Langridge, User Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-286-8028.
The Library Instruction Program attempts to:
Niagara University Library adheres to the standards and guidelines developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Project Information Literacy has indicated that students' lack the ability to give context to their research papers and projects and don't know where to begin (2009). The creation of problem-based learning within the library allows the library, and librarians, to begin to integrate the library more fully into student learning. Problem-based learning is based upon the philosophy of John Dewey who claimed that: ". . .only by wrestling with the conditions of the problem firsthand seeking and finding his way out, does the student think" (1928, p. 188). Implementation of this technique creates an environment "for active, self-directed learning; develops critical thinking skills; and integrates context with technology" (Rockman, 2004, p. 48).
Dewey, John. Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education. New York : Macmillan, 1928.
Head, Alison J and Michael B. Eisenberg. "How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age: A Project Information Literacy Progress Report." Project Information Literacy: University of Washington, 2009.
Rockman, Ilene F, Ed. Integrating Information Literacy into the Higher Education Curriculum: Practical Models for Transformation. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, 2004.