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Faculty Resources & Services: Information Literacy Instruction

Library Quick Guide for Faculty

Introduction to Information Literacy

One of the primary functions of the librarians at Warner Library is to teach information literacy, a complex set of skills necessary not only for research, but also for full participation in society. We use the ACRL Frameworks to inform all instruction, SIFT for evaluating web sources, and a skills-based set for introductory instruction.

Our Evaluating Websites research guide focuses on how to evaluate web-based resources using the SIFT method, an evidenced based systems that encourages critical and analytical thinks, is efficient, and eliminates checklists.

We encourage faculty to invite a Warner Librarian to teach this method, or a research methods (finding resources, effective searching in databases, introduction to databases, etc.)

Sample IL instruction topics include:

  • Introduction to Warner Library
  • Choosing the best database for your research
  • Evaluating online resources (SIFT)
  • Effective searching in databases
  • Power Searching with Google
  • Finding Images

While the SIFT model is being integrated into our instruction, this does not mean other aspects/or methods of information literacy should be forgotten. Below are links to our classic research guides related to the topic.