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Bentonville, AR 72712
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   Information Literacy Instruction
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Scheduling an Instructional Session  |  Online Tutorials  |  What is Information Literacy?


Do your students need instruction in how to conduct research? Our librarians provide customized information literacy instruction to classes across the curriculum. Schedule a face-to-face instructional session with one of our librarians, and we'll teach your students to search the Library's catalog and research databases, identify credible sources of information, evaluate these sources, and cite their research properly in MLA, APA, ASA, and Chicago style. If you teach an online class, we provide synchronous or asynchronous online instruction as well as a variety of online resources you can embed in your Blackboard course.

Scheduling an Instructional Session  |  Back to top

Please contact Rachel Ackerman or fill out our online form to make arrangements for customized information literacy and library instruction. Advance notice is appreciated as available time slots tend to fill up quickly. 

For optimal results, when making a request for instruction, please provide a copy of your assignment and share your specific objectives so we can tailor the presentation to suit your needs. Instructional sessions are most useful when students have been assigned an actual research assignment just prior to the information literacy class. Students will be given opportunity to research their topics in a hands-on, learner-centered instructional environment.

Depending on your preference, we can meet in the
Library Instructional Lab or in your classroom at any NWACC Location. Online instructional sessions, whether synchronous or asynchronous, are facilitated via Adobe Connect. The librarian teaching the online class will provide you with an Adobe Connect link for placement in Blackboard. Students will need access to a high-speed Internet connection to view the Adobe Connect presentation (example).

After the instructional session, please provide us with feedback through our Instruction Feedback Form. We value your feedback and use it to tweak our instructional methods and practices.

Online Tutorials for Use in Blackboard  |  Back to top

We also provide a number of information literacy-themed online tutorials and handouts for embedding in Blackboard courses. Please contact Joel Tonyan if you have questions about how to incorporate these resources into your Blackboard course.

Streaming Video Tutorials
Our librarians have produced a series of video tutorials that help students conduct research at the NWACC Library and beyond. We encourage you to embed these videos in your Blackboard courses and share them with your students.

Introduction to Citations
 Introduction to Databases
Credo Reference Tutorial
 EBSCO Basic Search Tutorial
MLA Citations (7th Edition)
 What are Scholarly Journals?

Downloadable Handouts
These handouts and worksheets are intended to help your students select research topics, conduct research, evaluate sources, and document their research properly.
If you've developed an effective assignment, handout or tutorial to guide learners through the research process or otherwise facilitate their information literacy development, we'd love to share it here. Send your contribution to Rachel Ackerman. You will be credited for your work.

How to Identify and Find Scholarly and Professional Resources
Library Resources and Services for Faculty and Staff
Library Resources and Services for the Successful College Student

Source Evaluation: CRAAP Test
APA Style Quick Guide
Chicago Style Quick Guide
MLA Style Quick Guide
Information Literacy Skills-Building Exercise for Improving Science Literacy - Courtesy of Dr. Wendi J. W. Williams
Going from a Topic to a Thesis - Courtesy of Dr. Megan Bolinder
Guidelines for Source Analysis - Courtesy of Dr. Edrene S. McKay


What is Information Literacy?  |  Back to top

Information Literacy Defined
According to the Association of College & Research Libraries, information literacy is the ability to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." Information literacy is one of NWACC's eight outcomes for general education. Schedule an instructional session with a librarian, or use our information literacy tutorials and handouts, to help your students learn to:

Recognize information needs
Identify the best resources to meet particular information needs
Efficiently find, skillfully navigate, and critically evaluate information sources
Effectively and ethically use and share information

Spring 2012 Faculty Information Literacy Survey
The 2012 Information Literacy Task Force, composed of NWACC faculty and librarians, developed a survey to learn about strategies and assignments faculty employ to teach and assess information literacy skills and identify related concerns. The survey also solicited feedback about initiatives the Library might take to facilitate information literacy.  

Almost 22% of the NWACC full- and part-time faculty participated in the online survey. Here are the results--along with some informational responses to a handful of comments we received:

April 2012 Faculty Information Literacy Survey Results
Reader-friendly Written Responses from April 2012 Faculty Information Literacy Survey
Informational Responses to Selected Survey Feedback