Information evaluation instruction: A three term project with a first year experience course

Steve Borrelli, Corey M. Johnson

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The academy is promoting the need to produce information literate graduates largely because of recognition that work world success is dependent on locating and effectively utilizing information. There needs to be more focus on how to develop the most effective collaborative programs with teaching faculty and benchmark the progress toward research skill mastery. This paper outlines a multiple term collaborative effort targeting student evaluation skill development. Librarians taught hybrid (mostly online with some in-person interaction) lessons to groups of lower undergraduates enrolled in a first year experience seminar. A pre-test/post-test assessment package revealed that students' strongest area of proficiency was in understanding the differences between popular and scholarly sources, with lowest performance concerning understanding the components of a scholarly article. It was also concluded that the semester with the strongest collaborative ties between librarians and seminar instructors/leaders resulted in the greatest improvement in student learning across all measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-190
Number of pages18
JournalCommunications in Information Literacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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