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Information Literacy Requirement

All undergraduates are required to take at least one 1 credit course in Information Literacy.  Options include the following:

  • A one credit Information Literacy Lab offered in partner-ship with certain courses that require a research paper. 
  • One-credit Foundations of Research courses, to be offered to complement students' upper level coursework and research projects.  Some of these courses will be tailored to the specific requirements of an academic department and will address, in depth, the literature of that discipline.  Others will focus on broader content areas such as Social Sciences, Sciences, and Arts of Humanities.  These seminars will help students: learn to use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; develop lifelong learning skills that extend beyond the classroom; and provide practice with self-directed investigations.  Both the labs and the Foundation course will meet seven times a semester.

In all of the courses the students will learn to:

  • Determine the nature and extent of the information needed
  • Access needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Critically evaluate information and its sources
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information