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Library Information for Faculty: Information Literacy in the Disciplines 1 and 2

Information Literacy in the Disciplines 1 and 2

Information Literacy in the Disciplines 1

Information Literacy in the Disciplines 1 (ILD1) takes place within “intro to the pre-major” and similar courses where students begin to seek out conversations that take place within the field. This includes teaching the disciplinary conventions of research in a profession or subject, how information in that field is created, shared, and validated, and how to locate disciplinary or professionally-relevant materials. Students will learn the way research is structured (ie., qualitative and quantitative research, the nature of evidence in the field, primary and secondary sources in the field, and resources for career exploration within the field.) One of the primary frameworks this class explores is “Searching as Strategic Exploration” where students are urged to use understandings of discipline and the structure of organized information to persist and demonstrate flexibility in their research.

Library Department Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe how information is shaped by “discipline” in order to identify specialized databases and other resources within the profession or discipline. (SSE)
  2. Identify various contributors to a professional or disciplinary conversation in order to explain how research is iterative. (ACC, RI)
  3. Demonstrate mental flexibility and creativity in constructing searches in order to persist through difficult searches. (SSE)
  4. Identify the various ways research in a discipline is categorized ie., literature review, case study, empirical research, literary analysis, qualitative research, book review etc.

External Departmental Learning Outcome Examples

  1. Characterize the nature of psychology as a discipline. (PSY 101)
  2. Use critical thinking effectively to evaluate the quality of information, including differentiating empirical evidence from speculation and the probable from the improbable. (PSY 101)
  3. Gather and analyze social science data using appropriate research methods. (SOC 101, 103, 104)
  4. Critically read sociological materials in order to compare and evaluate alternative explanations of social behavior. (SOC 101, 104)
  5. Describe the use of community resources and technology to communicate and manage knowledge. (NUR 103)
  6. Describe the use of information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and support decision-making. (104 Nursing Concepts 1B, 109 Maternal-Child, 215 Nursing Concepts 3 ...)
  7. Research business careers in the sports industry. (MKT 150)
  8. Demonstrate the ability to find, locate and utilize appropriate business information resources. (BUS 101)
  9. Use resources to effectively explore career opportunities, and create a resume (BUS 101)
  10. Examine sources of professional literature. (PTA 100)
  11. Analyze the basic research techniques of the discipline. & Evaluate and interpret articles which result from that research. (PSC 103)

Target Courses:

STEM & Health Careers

Liberal Arts

Business & Career Technologies

NUR 103

NUR 104

PTA 100

ART 111

EDN 101

PSY 101

SOC 101 

BUS 101

Information Literacy in the Disciplines 2

Information Literacy in the Disciplines 2 builds on the learning in ILD1 by looking deeper into the field, looking into specializations, and more deeply incorporating previous research into students’ original ideas. ILD2 takes place within 200 level courses which require research, and/or introduce students to research and/or courses that serve as a gateway to higher-level 200-level courses. Together, library and discipline faculty teach the disciplinary conventions of research in the profession or subject, how information in that field is created, shared, and validated, and how to locate, evaluate, and interpret disciplinary or professionally-relevant materials. ILD2 prepares students for upper-level coursework at transfer institutions and/or career success in terms of information literacy by empowering students to become contributors to professional and academic conversations by identifying and exploring gaps in knowledge.

Library Department Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate the traditional and emerging processes of information creation and dissemination in a particular discipline in order to explain how information is shared in that discipline. (ICP)
  2. Formulate questions for research based on information gaps or on reexamination of existing, possibly conflicting, information. (RI)
  3. Understand how and why some individuals or groups of individuals may be underrepresented or systematically marginalized within the systems that produce and disseminate information. (IV)
  4. Demonstrate a recognition of the responsibilities entailed in developing an authoritative voice, including seeking accuracy and reliability, respecting intellectual property, and participating in communities of practice. (ACC)
  5. Describe several acknowledged authorities in their field and identify why some scholars would challenge the authority of those sources. (ACC)

External Departmental Learning Outcomes Examples

  1. Gather and analyze anthropological data using appropriate research methods and / or secondary analysis, and use theory to interpret these data. (ANT 202)
  2. Critically read anthropological materials in order to compare and evaluate alternative explanations of cultural behavior. (ANT 202)
  3. Demonstrate the understanding of the value of archaeological fieldwork, the scientific process, and the process from which data is acquired and transformed into the body of archaeological knowledge and theory. (ANT 293)
  4. Incorporate secondary sources in the analysis and interpretation of literary texts. (EGL 222, 224, 226 , 227, 228, 229 , 231, 232 , 234, 241, 242 )
  5. Create and assess program policies, procedures, and plans using current research, theory and knowledge of children to optimize healthy child development and learning. (ECE 255)
  6. Learn to use primary and secondary resources. (MKT 236)
  7. The student will know how to conduct simple behavioral and social research and be able to interpret research findings related to the study of adolescence. (PSY 204)
  8. The student will learn to describe and provide examples of the scientific approach to the study of human behavior, including the ability to differentiate fact from opinion. (PSY 205, 211)
  9. The student will recognize the crucial need for scientifically rigorous research in the social sciences as well as the criteria for such. (PSY 240)
  10. Explain how the sociological perspective on sex and gender differs from other disciplinary approaches and how it differs from other common sense understandings of gender as natural or biologically determined. (SOC 230)
  11. Research the current literature on criminal procedure and legal reform. (LAE 223)

Target Courses:

STEM & Health Careers

Liberal Arts

Business & Career Technologies


ANT 202

ECE 255


HIS 202

PSY 205

SOC 230

MKT 236

LAE 223