Information Literacy Instruction

Your librarians want you to be an expert at finding and using information - and we can show you how! The library provides instruction designed to meet the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries. To schedule an instruction session for yourself or for a class/group, contact mtanner [at] (Martha Tanner), Head of Library Instruction and Reference, (402) 465-2407.  It’s helpful to have at least two days’ notice so we can tailor the session to your group's needs.  Librarians are also available to help develop assignments in information literacy, create online research guides for a class, or “embed” in a BlackBoard course to provide ongoing support. 

Instruction sessions can be built around the following topics (it works best to choose only 1-2 of these to focus on in a 50-minute or one-hour session):

  • Refining a topic and identifying a research question
  • Identifying the best sources to answer a research question
  • Understanding scholarly communication (how academic information is published)
  • Searching for resources
    • Using the library catalog/library databases/reference sources
    • Searching internet sources effectively
    • Finding specialized sources: primary sources, government docs, datasets, images
  • Locating materials (finding items at NWU, borrowing from other libraries)
  • Evaluating sources
  • Taking notes/tracking bibliographic information
  • Citing sources (citation tools and formats; copyright, fair use, and intellectual property)
  • Presenting information