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Information Literacy Instruction Guide

A guide outlining what information literacy is, why it is important, and the topics covered in our instruction program.

Library Instruction for Students 

Through a blend of services and modes of delivery (all online for the Winter 2021 term), students have the opportunity to learn about: 

  • library resources;

  • how to formulate a research strategy;

  • how find and choose credible sources;

  • how to use and cite scholarly information;

  • how to avoid plagiarism;

  • and more.

What expertise do NorQuest librarians have?

Librarians at NorQuest Library have a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies. They are experts in the organization, evaluation, and retrieval of information. Their primary responsibility is the development of information literacy skills in students.

Do you have questions about our library instruction program?

We provide instruction for classes (see menu on left) as well as individuals, by appointment and at the Reference Desk. We are also happy to work with instructors to integrate IL activities and assignments into courses. This chart outlines the process for integrating library instruction into your course. Please contact your liaison librarian for more information.

NorQuest College Librarians are happy to be able to offer combination lecture and embeddable activities for synchronous and asynchronous online classes.  Each of the information literacy workshops below features a short lecture (under 20 minutes) which can be conducted live and also recorded for uploading.  Lectures are paired with embeddable active learning activities for your Moodle course. This helps to affirm the learning from the lecture and give students a chance to practice their information literacy skills.  

APA Online Course

  • A four module course covering an introduction to citation and plagiarism, in-text and reference citations, document formatting and proofreading citations. This can be embedded into your Moodle course as a graded item or recommended to students as a way to re-learn APA. Contact your liaison librarian for more information about embedding the APA Online Course into your Moodle Master.

How to Paraphrase  

  • This is a supplemental session for students who already have some knowledge of APA Style (i.e. have taken the APA Online Course or used APA in previous terms).  Learn about the 6 steps of effective paraphrasing and how to cite a paraphrase, followed by real-life, discipline-specific practice items.

The Types and Uses of Different Sources 

  • In this lecture/activity combination, students will learn about the different types of sources that they will find while doing research for their assignments.  The attributes and purpose of sources are emphasized (i.e. scholarly, popular, authoritative), and the activity encourages students to think critically about the sources they choose. 

Evaluating a Source using STAR

  • After a short lecture on how to use the STAR Criteria (Source, Timeliness, Accuracy, & Relevance) to evaluate a source, students participate in a hands-on activity where they apply the criteria to real life examples. 

Research Questions  

  • This lecture covers the basics of how to write an effective research question, and is paired with an activity featuring hands-on research question writing practice. 

Effective Search Strategies 

  • Before students start searching for sources, it is important to develop a strategy. This lecture and activity help students to identify keywords, generate synonyms, and combine their search terms using Boolean Operators to create an effective search strategy. 

Database Searching 

  • Live demonstration of database searching includes important tips for keeping track of search results, and how to filter to get to the most relevant results. An activity with hands-on practice helps students to get the most out of our OneSearch database.