Information Fluency

For over ten years, we’ve offered a small seminar course for students planning to go to graduate or professional school or who are simply interested in learning more about how to do research, NDL 301: Information Fluency. It’s a .5 credit course that pairs well with senior theses or capstone projects because the major assignment is to conduct a literature review on a topic in the student’s major. In the course we first look at how information is published and how libraries handle it (with some attention to information not in libraries but entirely online), then we practice using the tools we’ve learned about. In addition to the literature review assignments, students interview a researcher and create a website of their own. The idea is to have a broad overview of how information works and how scholars in different disciplines create it through discussion and hands-on work.