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
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 Research Guide, Video Tutorials, and Handouts
Information Literacy Research Guide Check out our handy Research Smarter Guide designed to help students build essential skills for college-level assignments and life-long learning.
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. Please contact Pawel Szponar if you have questions about how to incorporate these resources into your Blackboard course.
Check out the sample videos below, or visit our YouTube channel for the full list of NWACC Library videos.
Introduction to Databases
"Shopping" for Articles
Introduction to Citations
MLA Citations (7th Edition)
Locating Ebooks in the Library Catalog
Locating Journals in Journals A-Z
What Are Scholarly Journals?
EBSCO Basic Search Tutorial
Credo Reference Tutorial
Accessing LearningExpress Library
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.
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: