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Information Literacy / Library Instruction


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


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:







  • Types of Sources (e.g. books, journals, encyclopedias, websites, etc.)
  • Critical Evaluation of Sources (e.g. authority, credibility, currency, etc.)


ENGL 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





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




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.