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Information Literacy: About This Guide

A library guide on information literacy for faculty and students.

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Information Literacy at the UCL

Information literacy is a process, a library instruction session is but one step.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.

An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally

For more on Information Literacy and how educators can incorporate competency standards into their courses and assignments, please visit this link.

Source: Association of College and Research Libraries, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education: Standards, Performance Indicators, and Outcomes, January 18, 2000.

Scheduling an Information Literacy Session or Library Tour

We provide a variety of information literacy sessions/tours at the library. 

Library Tours

While touring the four-story library facility, we highlight all public services and resources available to students including the public computer areas, printers/photocopiers/scanners, group study rooms, academic support centers and labs, the laptop and textbook loan programs, and the print collections.

General Information Literacy Sessions

We briefly cover the various services available to students as well as the use of the online library catalog and databases for searching books, journal articles and other formats. We also discuss the differences between using search engines and databases, and popular magazines and scholarly journals for research. These sessions generally last 45 to 50 minutes.

Course or Assignment-specific Research Instruction

For these sessions, we focus on a narrower set of appropriate databases to find articles and other formats. Thus, in a subject-specific session for a Management and Supervision class, we will concentrate on the most heavily used business databases, such as ABI/Inform, Hoovers Premium, or Business Source Complete. These sessions are most successful with class assigments set in advance with the assigned Librarian, so we can personalize the instruction for the students' research. These sessions can last from 30 minutes to an hour.

Course Series

In a two-part orientation, we can provide students with a broad overview in the first session to be followed up by a second session, assisting students with individual research or an assignment-specific project. These sessions are 45 minutes each.

  • A research session should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Classes are 45 to 60 minutes in length; tours are 30 minutes.
  • The Library requires instructors to accompany their students, as it has been proven to enhance the effectiveness of the sessions.
  • If your students have a specific assignment/research project, please provide the assignment at the time of your request so that we can tailor the class using the appropriate resources.

To schedule a session, please click here and fill out the entire form.

**To schedule an orientation for your online courses, please contact Simone Williams, Online Librarian at 954-201-7918 or

Contact Us:

Reference Department
3501 SW Davie Road, Bldg.17

Davie, FL 33314

954.201.6653 or 6223

University/College Library
A joint-use facility of Broward College & Florida Atlantic University