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Information Literacy Instruction

highlights library instruction sessions and resources for increasing students' information literacy

Information Literacy Materials for Writing 1

We are not offering in-person instruction for Writing 1 courses.

Library Tour

This self-paced tour (~25 min) introduces students to Library spaces and services. Students take the tour using Library iPad Minis that can be checked out from the Services Desk, or by using their own devices. Highlighted spaces and services include the Services Desk, the McFadden-Willis Reading Room, collaborative work rooms, the Lantern Reading Room, appointments to meet with librarians, the VPN, and more.

Recommendation: The tour is designed as an introduction to the Library, primarily for first-year students enrolled in Writing 1 & 10. However, anyone is welcome to take the tour whenever the Library is open.

For more information, consult this site:

Writing 001 Library Guide

This guide offers suggestions for locating a topic to avoiding plagiarism.  Librarians can also use this template to create a guide for your Writing 001 class that is more customized.  Please contact us at one of the emails above if you are interested in a guide for your Writing 001 section.

Contacts: Elizabeth (, or Sara (, or email our general library email address (


Promoting Academic Thinking and Habits (PATH)

A group of Merritt Writing Program (MWP) faculty and librarians collaborated in fall 2017 to define information literacy Writing 1.  Some MWP faculty who participated in PATH used these lesson materials with their students.

Exploring Source Formats & Purpose (45 minutes)

In this lesson, students are asked to compare the basic indicators (e.g. authorship, publication type, and purpose) of a variety of source types such as newspapers, scholarly journals, books, blogs and more. Through a large group and small group comparison activity, the goal of this lesson is to increase students’ knowledge about different source types and associated publication processes in order to help students determine whether or not a source is suitable for their information need. 

Full lesson materials are available at Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA)

News Evaluation - Beyond the Checklist (1 hour+)

In this jigsaw lesson, students are asked to evaluate an article’s content, tone, and purpose in a large group before they discuss the article in the context of two other articles on the same topic in a smaller group.  Students will focus more on content, corroboration, and source knowledge (rather than a mere checklist) to make decisions about a news article’s bias and level of accuracy.   Students will be required to read an assigned news article prior to this session. 

Lesson materials developed in spring 2017 are located at Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA). Another set of news articles from August 2018 on the topic of Alex Jones' ban from social media are available in Box.  Instructors may wish to identify news articles related to content related to a theme in the course. Allsides can be a useful resources for locating articles from different perspectives.

Where Should I Search? It Depends!  The Value of Free and Deep Web Resources (aka Google vs. Databases) 1 hour

In this lesson, students are introduced to the value of free web and deep web sources and will recognize that an information need may influence where they choose to search.  This lesson is divided into three parts.  In Part I, students will use their own knowledge and the content from two videos to brainstorm the pros and cons of free web and deep web searching and sources.  The videos are located at the Searching in Google / Searching in Databases library guide.  In Part II, students compare the search results of the same search in Google and Academic Search Complete.  In Part III, students are asked to consider different information need scenarios and to choose where they would search first for the needed information. 

Full lesson materials are available at Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA)