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LIB 160: Information Literacy

Finding, evaluating, and using scholarly information

Course History & Goals

This Guide presents general information about Lib 160: Information Literacy. Students currently enrolled in Lib 160 should log in to Canvas for specific information relevant to their class, including instructor information, specific due dates, course feedback, exam dates and times, and so on.

Lib 160: Information Literacy is the recognized first step for ISU undergraduate students to learn library research skills and concepts in information literacy. Established in 1890 as an innovative class entitled "Library Use Instruction" for all freshmen, the course was one of the first of its kind nationwide. Lib 160 developed into a required ½ credit class for all ISU undergraduates, dating back to the 1970s. In 2010, the course was approved to become a full 1 credit course, which was implemented in Fall 2011.

History of Lib 160

Since its beginnings, Lib 160 has embraced new technologies for teaching, and has continued to adapt even today. In its earliest years, Lib 160 was strictly a lecture-based class. A printed course manual and written assignments were added to the lectures in 1947. The 1970s featured a brief experimentation with video-based instruction for delivery of the class lectures component. In the 1990s, development of online interactive tutorials began. Today, Lib 160 is a blended face-to-face and online course. Students attend one orientation lecture, then complete readings and quizzes online in Canvas, and obtain additional practice working with web-accessible tutorials and exercises. Some instructors have incorporated classroom clickers and virtual meetings using online conferencing software in their sections of the course. Optional face-to-face review sessions help students review and prepare for the Final Exam. Instructors also hold virtual and face-to-face office hours.

Course goals

Students learn through Lib 160 how to access information effectively and efficiently using scholarly finding tools such as the ISU Library's Quick Search discovery tool, selected periodical indexes, Google & Google Scholar, and others. Students also learn search techniques and concepts, and critical thinking.

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