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What is a LibGuide?: Information Literacy

How University Libraries LibGuides can be used in your classroom.

Information Literacy?

The Association of College & Research Libraries has developed national IL standards for higher education.  These standards have been accepted by the American Association of Colleges & Universities.  The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved the use of the five ACRL IL Standards as learning outcomes for its Goal 7 General Education Requirement: Information Literacy.

Information seeking skills are best learned when embedded within assignments and disciplinary coursework.  USD librarians are available to help instructors design assignments and activites that blend information literacy within the learning outcomes intended for your students.

Possible Concepts Covered in a Guide

Here are a few examples of the ways instructors can use LibGuides to reinforce information seeking skills within your classes.

Introduction to Information Literacy Exercises

Instructional Tutorials @ USD

Each tutorial introduces and teaches an information seeking concept or skill. The video tutorials are best viewed using speakers or headphones.

  • Research Skills Lesson
    Learn where and how to find the best resources for your research.

  • Library Catalog Lessons
    Discover all the possibilities available when you search the USD library catalog.

  • Database Lesson
    Learn the skills for using research databases to locate articles from newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals.

  • Web Evaluation Lesson
    Teaches you how to evaluate Web sites/resources and gives recommendations for doing Web-based research for your educational and personal use.

  • Adademic Integrity Lesson 
    This tutorial presents the ethical use of information including the concept of plagiarism, ways to avoid it, and reviews University policy.

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