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Western Kentucky University

Information Literacy


Library faculty are available to teach information literacy and research skills. You may also schedule an appointment with your personal librarian and we'll show you what you need to know in order to get a good grade! Our goal is to help students be successful on term papers and research projects. We also cooperate with the Major-Specific University Experience classes.

For a class or an appointment, contact your personal librarian, E-mail Helm-Cravens Reference at, or E-mail Department of Library Special Collections at


Bryan Carson is the Coordinator of Research Instruction.
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Video Transcript

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 Databases

bullet Database Brochure
bullet Database Search Tips
bullet Using Databases Off Campus
bullet Finding E-Journals with TDnet
bullet How to Read Library Call Numbers and Find Journal Articles

Finding & Using Information

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 2013-2014 | PowerPoint format | PDF format
bullet Blackboard Site for University Experience Information Literacy

Evidence & Argument QEP

Evidence & 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.  Graduates 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)

Policy Documents for Information Literacy

Research Instruction Statistics Form (From Qualtrics--WKU Libraries Use Only)

Evaluation Form for Library Instruction Sessions

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 Last Modified 8/11/15