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First-Year Information Literacy Program: Overview

Information Literacy for First-Year Students

The First-Year Information Literacy Program is a joint collaboration between the Earl S. Richardson Library and the faculty in English 101 and English 102. The program is designed to introduce incoming and continuing students with an introduction to the research process using library resources to acquire basic skills in research. The primary focus of the program is to support students across both courses and to create awareness of the ethical and legal use of information. 

Information Literacy Program Outcomes

This curriculum guide is to be used to plan for instruction across all academic programs and levels. Each point of the document can be used to introduce First-Year students to the academic research process. By the end of the semester each student will be capable of accessing the libraries resources and be able to understand the legal and ethical use of information in society. 

Adapted from: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000.

Information Literacy and Research

Information literacy is a way to develop research skills that are important in a global community that is facing rapid changes in technology and how information is consumed. As a student, it is important to understand the complexities of information form an ethical and legal standpoint. In collaboration with faculty, the Earl S. Richardson Library staff is 

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