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Information Literacy at CalArts

The guide contains information surrounding key topics in information literacy and related resources for students and faculty.

Instructional Plan

Library Orientation Sessions

60 minute orientation sessions will be led by liaison librarians. 

PLO 1: Students will understand how to search for appropriate information utilizing the CalArts Library’s resources.

PLO 2: Students will identify keywords and subject headings for discovery of relevant information and utilize a variety of search systems to retrieve information reflective of diverse knowledge types in various formats.

Sessions will cover the following material:

  • Using the CalArts Library website
  • Setting up a Library login
  • Search functionalities
    • Keywords
    • Boolean delimiters
  • Finding and using databases relevant to their disciplines
  • CalArts Special Collections/Archives

Critical Studies Level 100

Intro to Critical Studies is led by three faculty members with rotating student groups; each faculty member teaches toward a theme of their choosing. Live instruction will be integrated into one faculty member’s segment during lecture. Asynchronous instruction/Canvas modules can be added as appropriate.

The Reference and Instruction Librarian will work with Special Topics faculty to integrate at least one instructional session into each instructor’s course.

PLO 3: Students will apply evaluation criteria to information sources to assess authority, relevance, purpose, and bias in context, and they will consider their own roles and positionings in scholarly conversations.

PLO 4: Students will critically analyze information sources to determine the appropriate scope of information and type of knowledge necessary for their research needs.

Sessions can cover the following material:

  • Ethics of appropriation
  • Evaluating sources using lateral reading
  • Scholarly vs. popular sources
  • Tracing power in scholarly conversations
  • Questioning authority
  • Research using primary sources
  • Scholarly article autopsy

Critical Studies Levels 300 and 400

The Reference and Instruction Librarian will work closely with faculty to develop subject-appropriate lessons that center information creation.

PLO 5: Students will synthesize and conceptualize information appropriate for an audience independently and in groups.

PLO 6: Students will contribute to the information landscape by exploring ideas and articulating their research topics in the spirit of inspired/creative information engagement.

Sessions can cover the following material:

  • Generating ideas for research topics
  • Refining research questions
  • Specialized research methods
  • Special Collections engagement and instruction
  • Copyright