The SLU Libraries offer hybrid online and in-person information literacy instruction that aims to meet the needs of students in English 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research and English 1920: Advanced Writing for Professionals at Saint Louis University. The program empowers students to recognize their information needs and locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.
The ENGL-1900/1920 student will:
- Broaden or narrow a research topic in order to fit the scope of an assignment.
- Describe the characteristics of different kinds of information sources used in the scholarly research process (scholarly, popular, etc.) in order to use them effectively.
- Utilize library catalogs and databases in order to find a variety of sources on their research topic.
- Assess the credibility and relevance of information sources in order to select appropriate resources for their research project.
- Identify the many ways to access research help via the SLU Libraries in order to meet their current and ongoing information needs.
Instructional Format and Sequence
Online and in-person program components are sequential and build on each other. We recommend the following sequence of instruction.
- Video Tutorial 1 - Start Your Research with SLUth Search Plus
- Video Tutorial 2 - Find Books on a Topic with the SLU Libraries Catalog
- ENGL 1900/ENGL 1920 Research Skills Assessment
- Note: Students are required to view both tutorials and complete the research skills assessment before their in-person information literacy instruction sessions.
- 2 in-person information literacy instruction sessions with ENGL 1900/1920 librarian at Pius XII Memorial Library
Information for Instructors
Every semester, each ENGL 1900 and ENGL 1920 instructor is partnered with a Saint Louis University research and instruction librarian who teaches two in-person information literacy instruction sessions for their class and is available for student research consultations. Students may schedule a consultation by contacting their class librarian.
Please remember that students are required to view two online tutorials and complete a research skills assessment prior to in-person information literacy instruction.
Scheduling In-Person Instruction
Please select possible dates for your class to visit the library and contact your librarian partner early in the semester, as the library classroom schedule fills up quickly. The librarians will try to schedule sessions at the best times for your class, but we may need to compromise on dates. We require that instructors attend the sessions with their students.
To make this the best possible experience for your students, we recommend that you
- Discuss plans for the class with your librarian partner and send them your assignments and syllabus;
- Plan the in-person instruction session(s) for shortly before students begin work on a project that requires library research (although still schedule the sessions as soon as possible);
- Include your librarian partner’s contact information on your syllabus and online course space;
- Link to Writing Program Information Literacy tutorials (Start Your Research with SLUth Search Plus and Find Books on a Topic with the SLU Libraries Catalog) from your online course space;
- Link to the appropriate research guide for your course (ENGL 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research or ENGL 1920: Advanced Writing for Professionals).
Resources for Students
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Locating Materials in Pius Library
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Contact English Librarian Jamie Emery, M.S. at 314-977-3591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.