Information Literacy

Information Literacy is central to our academic concerns here at FDU.  As educators and students engaged not only in finding information but generating knowledge, evaluation and authenticity are critical to what we do. On a national level, President Obama declared October 2009 National Information Literacy Month, emphasizing "the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age." Read the full text of the proclamation.

Listed below are some of the many resources available in the area of information literacy. We will be adding more resources to this list, so check back again soon.

Available at FDU:

Library Resource Guide
Check especially slide # 16 - The Bedford St. Martin’s Link is aligned with The Writers Reference used by the writing classes.  It contains suggestions on searching as well citation directions for MLA and APA.  In the lower right hand of the screen is more help, including an excellent glossary of terms about research, databases, and library terms.

Greenwood Skills Center includes resources on information literacy for all sorts of formats, as well as writing and media guides. It contains three useful sections:

 1. Research Tutors contains several short videos on avoiding plagiarism, reading and interpreting images, using primary sources, using research, and making an argument.
 2. Wizards presents 8 sections of various writing assignments useful for every course including how to write a position paper, an argument, comparative essay—and more.
 3. Faculty and Students includes lesson plans, assessment rubrics for a variety of activities, assignments, and more using this database—but easily transferrable to other topics.

Also within the Skills Center is the Reading Room (see the link in the upper right corner of the Skills Center webpage.) In this section you will find complete texts on teaching research, media literacy, essential skills of Information literacy, filmographies of American and world history, and more.

Perhaps one of the most useful texts is Student Guide to Research in the Digital Age: How to Locate and Evaluate Information Sources by Leslie F. Stebbins. (Note: you must enter the Reading Room through Popular Culture Universe in order to access this e-book. Direct access is not allowed from off-campus locations.) This book includes sections on peer reviewed articles, how to tell the difference between academic journals and non-academic material, research and critical evaluation, government documents, primary source use and discovery, and more.  This is substantial material not a brief guide.

Provost's Learning Outcomes Assessment Advisory Committee
The purpose of this site is to keep the Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) community apprised of the function, work, actions, recommendations and support the committee provides to facilitate student learning outcomes assessment university-wide.

Information Literacy @ Metro provides an overview of Information Literacy services at the Giovatto Library.

Library Instruction Request Form. Faculty can use this form to request library instruction for their classes.

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ACRL(Association of College and Research Libraries) has an Introduction to Information Literacy for Faculty, including standards and guidelines, program discussion, model programs, and resources.

Introduction to Information Literacy
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Project Information Literacy on Youtube
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Prepared by Denise M. Marshall
Reference, Research, Instruction