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Information Literacy

The mission of information literacy at WKU Libraries is to introduce students to research strategies and guide them to become active learners. WKU Libraries will support and facilitate the exploration and navigation of tools for learning, research, and the creative process.

Students: Save Time, Reduce Stress, Get Help Starting a Paper or Research Project

bullet Make an appointment with your personal librarian. We'll show you what you need to know to start
      your research and get a good grade. We have librarians who work with every program on campus!
bullet Your Personal Librarian will save time and help you succeed on papers and research projects.
bulletFor appointments, contact personal librarian, E-mail Helm-Cravens Reference at or Special Collections at

     Video Transcript

Teaching Faculty: Want Library Faculty to Talk to your Class About Research?

bullet Library faculty are available to teach your students how to do research with relevant and reliable evidence.
bullet We have a librarian who works with every program on campus.
bullet We can show students how to use academic research databases and use good searching techniques.
bullet We will help students understand the various types of resources that are available, and help them learn to evaluate these resources.
bullet Our sessions help all your students learn the basics of research at one time.

Evaluation Form for Library Instruction Sessions

Handouts & Links

bullet Research Tutorials
bullet Citations and Style Websites
bullet Guides for Searching the Libraries' Web Site
bullet Research Guides
bullet Library Video
bullet Audio Tour Podcast

Using Research Database

bullet Database Search Tips
bullet Using Databases Off Campus
bullet How to Read Library Call Numbers and Find Journal Articles
bullet Evaluating Website Information
bullet Advanced Searching on Google
bullet How do I Tell the Difference Between Scholarly and Popular Periodicals?
bullet Basic Information Literacy Presentation
         PowerPoint format | PDF format

 Evidence & Argument QEPEvidence & Argument, WKU's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), articulates a single student learning goal, namely that WKU students will bring evidence and argument to life through written, oral, and visual means. Students will apply and adapt this learning to their professional, social, and personal lives. This goal is linked to three student learning outcomes:

1. WKU students will demonstrate the ability to gather sound and relevant evidence to address an issue (Evidence-Gathering)

2. WKU students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and synthesize the assembled evidence. (Sense-Making)
3. WKU students will demonstrate the ability to articulate a logical and supported argument based on this analysis. (Argumentation)

 Bryan Carson is the Coordinator of Research Instruction. Contact Bryan at

bullet  Policy Documents for Information Literacy
  Evaluation Form for Library Instruction Sessions
  Research Instruction Statistics Form (From Qualtrics--WKU Libraries Use Only)

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 Last Modified 8/22/17