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Information Literacy @ Brockport

Portfolio of Services

The instruction team provides the following services as part of our vision statement:

  • General Education Information Management competency instruction (GEP100, ENG112, "I" courses)
  • Program Specific Information Literacy Support (required major and minor courses)
  • Research Consultations (phone, e-mail, and videochat)

The research and instruction librarians reach students at three main touchpoints:

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Torches: Library Basics

Students are first introduced to the basics of academic libraries in their Academic Planning Seminar (GEP100 course). Instructors have the option to embed library content that helps students understand the basics of navigating an academic library including the services we offer, building information, and how to contact a librarian.


Where does this happen?
  • Orientation sessions for Academic Planning Seminar, transfer students, and graduate programs
  • Ask a Librarian available via phone, chat, and video
  • Research Guides for many different library topics

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Light bulbs: Research Basics

Students are introduced to the basics of academic research in their first year writing course (among other lower-level courses). The light bulb represents the next level of research skills and includes things like creating a research strategy and evaluating authoritative information. These concepts are conveyed in the classroom as well as through online learning modules, videos, and guides.


Where does this happen?
  • Getting Started with Research module available for embedding into Blackboard
  • Library sessions as part of:
    • English 112: College Composition
    • General Education courses
  • Assignment-based information literacy instruction locating sources in Library Search and multidisciplinary databases.
  • Using sources ethically (citing)
  • Citation management using Zotero

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Spotlights: Research in the Disciplines

Students are introduced to advanced academic research skills by working with research and instruction librarians in upper-level courses specific to their discipline. The spotlight represents the in-depth instruction, research guides, advanced search strategies, and research consultations provided by the research & instruction librarians.


Where does this happen?
  • Library sessions as part of:
    • General Education "I" courses
    • Upper division (300- and 400- level) courses
    • Graduate courses
  • Assignment-based information literacy instruction planning, search strategies, and using subject-specific databases
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2021 1:29 PM