Information Literacy Program Details

Undergraduate students receive a sequence of research instruction in information literacy as part of Christ at the Core, the college‚Äôs general education program. This page lists the topics that are taught in each section. 

First-Year Seminar (online tutorial)

  • Navigating the library website
  • Introduction to subject librarians
  • Iterative nature of research
  • Types of information (e.g., scholarly, popular, social media)
  • Understanding peer-review
  • Identifying keywords
  • Finding books
  • Introduction to interlibrary loan
  • Refining a search
  • Understanding call numbers
  • Evaluating sources
  • Copyright
  • Plagiarism
  • Citing sources

Advanced Integrative Seminar (online tutorial)

  • Understanding scholarship as a conversation
  • Introduction to academic divisions (humanities, sciences, social sciences)
  • Selecting & narrowing topics
  • Writing & revising research questions
  • Identifying the best databases for researching a topic
  • Finding journals
  • Finding articles
  • Interlibrary loan (in-depth)
  • Integrating faith into research
    • Introduction to Atla database and scripture index
    • Finding books
  • Ethics in research
    • Institutional Review Boards
    • Intellectual property
    • Plagiarism/citation review

Department/Major Course(s)

Content and format to be determined in consultation with the department. Could include content related to discipline-specific:

  • Databases & tools
  • Writing practices
  • Research practices
  • Subject librarian support

Capstone Experience

Students learn about information creation/access/use beyond Wheaton. Two workshops are offered throughout the semester for students to take outside of class time. There is an alternative online tutorial.

  • Students learn about the information struggles of new graduates in the workplace as defined by the graduates and employers. Students discuss how to transfer academic research skills to workplace information skills and strategies.