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Information Literacy


Recommended information literacy skills by year
Freshmen
Sophomore/Junior
Senior
Graduate Student


FRESHMEN

Become familiar with the library layout and service points.
Library map (PDF)

Become familiar with the library webpage.

Use the HELIN library catalog to locate books and other materials.
How do I...?: Find a book
Video: Find a book using the catalog
Handout: How to find books using the catalog (PDF)

Use the HELIN catalog request option to obtain books from other HELIN libraries.
How do I...?: Request books from other libraries
Video: Request books from other libraries

Understand Library of Congress call number sequence.
Video: Using Library of Congress call numbers
Handout: How to find books on the shelves (PDF)

Use a core, interdisciplinary periodical database to find journal articles.
How do I...?: Find an article
Video: Find articles using Academic Search Complete
Video: Using JSTOR to find scholarly articles

Understand the difference between a popular magazine and a scholarly journal.
Scholarly Journals vs Popular Magazines: What's the difference?
Video: Scholarly vs Popular Periodicals (Video from Peabody Library at Vanderbilt Univ.)
How do I...?: Find scholarly articles from academic journals
Video: Using JSTOR to find scholarly articles

Use the Library's course reserves system.
Access course reserves
Video: Using course reserves

Understand the basics of citing sources and strategies for avoiding plagiarism.
Student's guide to avoiding plagiarism
Citing sources
EasyBib
RefWorks

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SOPHOMORE / JUNIOR

Understand the concept of subject headings and controlled vocabulary.

Differentiate between a catalog, database, and free website, and understand reasons to use each.

Perform online searching at a basic to intermediate level (Boolean logic, keyword search strategies).

Examine and compare information from various sources including the Internet in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias.
How do I...?: Evaluate websites

Use interlibrary loan to request books and journal articles from another library.

Understand the nature of information resources in their major discipline including subject specific databases, core journals and reference materials.

Realize that information may need to be constructed with raw data from primary sources.

Track information resources used in the course of their research and create accurate notes and bibliographies according to a style manual appropriate to the discipline.

Be able to present a verbal or written strategy for solving an information problem.


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SENIOR

Conduct a literature review.

Exhibit proficiency at using the catalog, journals list, interlibrary loan and other resources to obtain books and articles listed in a bibliography.
How do I...?: Find a journal
Video: Find a specific article

Know the major professional associations in one's field.

Understand issues relating to the ethical and legal use of information, including concepts of intellectual property, copyright and fair use.


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GRADUATE STUDENT

Become familiar with the library layout and service points.
Library map (PDF)

Become familiar with the library webpage.

Use the HELIN library catalog to locate books and other materials.
How do I...?: Find a book
Video: Find a book using the catalog
Handout: How to find books using the catalog (PDF)

Use the HELIN catalog request option to obtain books from other HELIN libraries.
How do I...?: Request books from other libraries
Video: Request books from other libraries

Understand Library of Congress call number sequence.
Video: Using Library of Congress call numbers
Handout: How to find books on the shelves (PDF)

Understand the difference between a popular magazine and a scholarly journal.
Scholarly Journals vs Popular Magazines: What's the difference?
Video: Scholarly vs Popular Periodicals (Video from Peabody Library at Vanderbilt Univ.)
How do I...?: Find scholarly articles from academic journals
Video: Using JSTOR to find scholarly articles

Use the Library's course reserves system.
Access course reserves
Video: Using course reserves

Understand the concept of subject headings and controlled vocabulary.

Differentiate between a catalog, database, and free website, and understand reasons to use each.

Examine and compare information from various sources including the Internet in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias.
How do I...?: Evaluate websites

Use interlibrary loan to request books and journal articles from another library.

Realize that information may need to be constructed with raw data from primary sources.

Track information resources used in the course of their research and create accurate notes and bibliographies according to a style manual appropriate to the discipline.
Student's guide to avoiding plagiarism
Citing sources
EasyBib
RefWorks

Be able to present a verbal or written strategy for solving an information problem.

Understand the nature of information resources in their field including subject specific databases, core journals and reference materials.

Conduct a literature review.

Exhibit proficiency at using the catalog, journals list, interlibrary loan and other resources to obtain books and articles listed in a bibliography.

Know the major professional associations in one's field.

Understand issues relating to the ethical and legal use of information, including concepts of intellectual property, copyright and fair use.

Become familiar with scholarly communications practices in their field.

Become familiar with current awareness tools in their field.


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