About Information Literacy and Research Teaching

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information. These skills are critical to student success in our society's complex environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources.

MacEwan University Library’s instruction program is built on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

MacEwan University Library offers a range of information literacy & library research lessons and instructional materials designed to meet students' information needs, as well as course and program learning outcomes. 

SearchPath Self-enroll Tutorial in Blackboard

This online tutorial is required in most ENGL 102, ENGL 199 and WRIT 101 classes. SearchPath teaches students how to develop a research topic, search for information resources through the MacEwan Library, and evaluate those sources. The Subject Guide for English contains self-enroll instructions.  Please contact Joan Morrison, English Subject Librarian, if you have any questions about SearchPath.

Customized Lessons

Faculty, contact your Subject Librarian to discuss workshops, instructional materials, and learning exercises tailored to your course and assignments. These can cover topic such as;

  • Discovering information 
  • Effective searching
  • Evaluating resources
  • Topic development
  • Data and statistics
  • Discipline specific resources
  • Writing and citing resources
  • …and much more!

We deliver instruction in a way that best meets the needs of the course and the students.This can include a combination of resources, instructional materials and learning experiences that can be delivered online or in-person. Examples below can be combined in any manner that best suits the learning needs of your students. 

  • Hybrid or online lessons: Work with your Subject Librarian to create online library learning opportunities for your students.This can include pre-recorded videos or live online sessions recorded for later reference depending on the learning goals. 
  • Embedded teaching:  An embedded Subject Librarian provides just-in-time resources and instruction to students as they move through the research and writing process for their assignments in the course. You can add them as a teaching assistant in Blackboard, so they can provide links and resources within your course as well as respond to student questions and discussion posts about information sources for their assignments. 
  • Drop-in workshops: Invite your students to participate in one of our Research Essentials workshops (online). We are happy to work with you to design additional drop-in opportunities to meet your curricular needs. 
  • Guides: A web-based course guide, can bring together targeted resources, including instructional videos, handouts, interactive tutorials, links to databases and web resources, for your students.
  • In-person: If you are teaching an in-person class, you can request to have a Subject Librarian meet with your students for a session, or series of sessions, to work on specific learning outcomes. Note that at this time in-person sessions would be offered at the discretion of the Subject Librarian, and would follow all social distancing and other covid-19 procedures.
  • Department: Invite your Subject Librarian to your next department meeting to discuss library collections, services or resources relevant to your program.

Contact your Subject Librarian to discuss creating customized lessons designed to help students gain information literacy, critical thinking and research skills.