The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as "...the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." Librarians at Wheaton College take this definition a step further to include the digital aspects of information discovery, use, and creation.
If your project requires students to find, read, evaluate, synthesize, document, or use a particular technology, targeted instruction at the point of need can provide the scaffolding of both concept and skill students will need to be successful in their learning. We offer a variety of asynchronous modules for this type of learning, or a librarian can visit your class for hands-on practice.
Librarians are happy to collaborate as you design your assignment and can provide insight for areas where students might require foundational or advanced knowledge on a particular aspect of the research process. Connect with your liaison librarian to talk over building support into your course leading up to a research assignment.
For individual projects, librarians can meet with students to help them think through any aspect of research. Consultations are most useful for those students with complex research needs. If you are thinking about sending your whole class over for consultations, contact your librarian to discuss ways certain topics might instead be delivered in a classroom setting
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