Anthropology: Information Literacy

Instruction Request

Faculty and GTAs, use this form to request library instruction for your classes.

Work with your librarian

Your librarian is happy to help incorporate information literacy skills and concepts into your class. If you have a research based assignment you may schedule a library instruction session to help your students get started with their research. Other ideas for incorporating information literacy into your class include:

  • Have your students compare and contrast three sources of information about the same topic. Have them look at a web site, a magazine and a scholarly journal article to help them discrimate the type of information that each provides.
  • Have your students "Google" the author of one of your Course Reserve readings to see what they can find out.
  • Have your students paraphrase their course reserve readings and watch for the temptation to simply copy'n'paste without thinking

Library Instruction

Library Instruction for Your Students

If you have a research component to any of your assignments, I may be able to provide some tips that can make the process more productive for your students. I’m happy to provide any of the following forms of support for your research assignments:

When working with your librarian to develop a library session or research guide, take a look at the Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology & Sociology Students to get an idea of the range of topics that can be covered. 

Information Literacy Standards

Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology and Sociology Students

by the ALA / ACRL / ANSS (Anthropology and Sociology Section) Instruction and Information Literacy Committee Task Force on IL Standards
Approved by the ACRL Board, January 15, 2008

Standard One – Know what kind of information is needed

What the student needs to do:

  1. Define and articulate the information need.
  2. Select the most appropriate investigative methods for researching the topic.
  3. Identify a variety of formats and sources in which anthropological and sociological information may appear.
  4. Consider the costs and benefits of acquiring the needed information.

Standard Two – Access needed information effectively, efficiently, and ethically

What the student needs to do:

  1. Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information.
  2. Construct, implement, and refine well-designed search strategies that use a variety of methods to find information.
  3. Keep track of the information and its sources.

Standard Three – Evaluate information and its sources critically; Incorporate selected information into knowledge base and value system

What the student needs to do:

  1. Summarize the main ideas to be extracted from the information gathered and synthesize main ideas to construct new concepts.
  2. Apply appropriate criteria for evaluating both the information and its source.
  3. Compare new knowledge with prior knowledge to determine the value added, contradictions, or other unique characteristics of the information and take steps to reconcile differences.

Standard Four – Use information effectively and ethically to accomplish a specific purpose

What the student needs to do:

  1. Apply new information and research results to the planning, creation, and revision of a particular project, paper, or presentation.
  2. Communicate the project, paper, or presentation effectively to others.