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Writing Program Information Literacy Instruction

The SLU Libraries offer hybrid online and in-person information literacy instruction that aims to meet the needs of students in English 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research and English 1920: Advanced Writing for Professionals at Saint Louis University. The program empowers students to recognize their information needs and locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.

Learning Outcomes

The ENGL-1900/1920 student will:

  • Broaden or narrow a research topic in order to fit the scope of an assignment.
  • Describe the characteristics of different kinds of information sources used in the scholarly research process (scholarly, popular, etc.) in order to use them effectively.
  • Utilize library catalogs and databases in order to find a variety of sources on their research topic.
  • Assess the credibility and relevance of information sources in order to select appropriate resources for their research project.
  • Identify the many ways to access research help via the SLU Libraries in order to meet their current and ongoing information needs.

Instructional Format and Sequence

Online and in-person program components are sequential and build on each other. We recommend the following sequence of instruction.

Information for Instructors

Every semester, each ENGL 1900 and ENGL 1920 instructor is partnered with a Saint Louis University research and instruction librarian who teaches two in-person information literacy instruction sessions for their class and is available for student research consultations. Students may schedule a consultation by contacting their class librarian.

Instructors and Librarian Partners - Spring 2020

Please remember that students are required to view two online tutorials and complete a research skills assessment prior to in-person information literacy instruction.

Scheduling In-Person Instruction

Please select possible dates for your class to visit the library and contact your librarian partner early in the semester, as the library classroom schedule fills up quickly. The librarians will try to schedule sessions at the best times for your class, but we may need to compromise on dates. We require that instructors attend the sessions with their students.

To make this the best possible experience for your students, we recommend that you

Resources for Students

Research Guide for ENGL 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric & Research

Research Guide for ENGL 1920: Advanced Writing for Professionals

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