Information Literacy Intensive Course Description
Information Literacy Intensive Courses enable students to develop skills in finding, evaluating, and integrating information from a variety of sources. As an Information Literacy Intensive class, Language 120 requires instruction, class practice, and assignments that focus on locating reliable information using specific research methods and resources. It is the responsibility of Language 120 teachers to ensure that students become familiar with basic print resources such as books and standard reference works, as well as core electronic databases such as Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis, and JSTOR. Additionally, students should learn to develop appropriate research strategies and critical thinking skills for assessing the reliability of information found in all venues, including the Internet. UNC Asheville’s librarians are most helpful in locating print and electronic sources and instructing faculty and students how to use them. Though a tremendous amount of research is available electronically, students should know how to use and enjoy Ramsey Library. Instructors should show students how the research strategies used in Language 120 relate to those of other disciplines. Students will also study issues of copyright, intellectual property and the ethical use of information. At least one assignment will be a significant research project that requires students to find, evaluate, integrate, and cite information from multiple sources, and to synthesize this information within a single written work. The Student Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy Intensive courses should be included on the Language 120 syllabus.
Student Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy Courses
After completing this Information Literacy Intensive course students should be able to:
- Find information presented in different formats (for example, in books, scholarly journals, and authoritative web sites)
- Evaluate information presented in different formats.
- Integrate information from different sources into their assignments.
- Cite information from different formats as appropriate to the discipline in which they are writing.
- Demonstrate academic integrity by respecting intellectual property, using information ethically, and avoiding plagiarizing.