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Information Literacy / Library Instruction

INFORMATION LITERACY IS ONE OF MERCY’S GENERAL EDUCATION SKILLS

General education is the foundation for academic and career success and is intended to develop the skills and attitudes that Mercy’s faculty believes every educated person should possess. The essential skills, as determined by the faculty of Mercy College, are:

  1. Written Communication
  2. Oral Communication
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Reading Fluency
  5. Quantitative Reasoning
  6. Information Literacy

Information literacy involves the ability to identify, retrieve, evaluate, organize, cite, properly and use a wide range of information resources including print, graphics and electronic for independent learning and practical problem-solving. At the completion of the General Education curriculum, students should be able to:

  1. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed
  2. Select the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems for accessing the needed information
  3. Evaluate information and its sources critically
  4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  5. Access and use information ethically and legally

LIBRARY INSTRUCTION

Students at Mercy College are instructed in will be introduced to Information Literacy through Library Instruction in different classes and at increasing levels of learning complexity.

Library Instruction is highly recommended for the following classes:

LEVEL

COURSE

FOCUS/SKILLS

Introductory

 

CRITICAL INQUIRY

  • Types of Sources (e.g. Books, Journals, Encyclopedias, websites, etc.)
  • Critical Evaluation of Sources (e.g. authority, credibility, currency, etc.)

 

ENG 112

  • Introduction to Literary Criticism Research
  • Citing Sources (MLA)

 

SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology & PSYN 101 Introduction to Psychology

  • Introduction to Subject-Specific Databases (e.g. PsycINFO) and Multidisciplinary Databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier)
  • Locating and Analyzing an Empirical Research Article
  • What is Peer-Review?
  • Citing Sources (APA, ASA)

Re-enforcement and Broadening

 

JRSM

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BHSC/ SOCL/ PSYN 226 Computers in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

ENG 220 Short Stories

  • Developing / Refining Database Search Strategies to Complete a Literature Review

 

Mastery

 

SOCL/BHSC 348 Research Methodology in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Mastering Database Searching
  • Mining References for Additional Research
  • Broadening Information Search and Discovery Beyond College Resources

 

Capstone Courses

 

 

Please note, the chart above is not an exhaustive list.  Any class that includes a research paper or research assignment is encouraged to arrange for a Library Instruction session.  Librarians are happy to collaborate with you to develop a lesson specific to your class or assignment. create a class specific presentation for you. 

The Dobbs Ferry and Bronx Libraries each have a classroom with laptops that allow students to experience interactive hands-on sessions.  Librarians can also come to your classroom to demonstrate the use of library databases or other library services.

Please see School Liaisons for contact information.

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