Embedding the New Information Literacy Framework in Undergraduate Political Science Courses



What information can I trust? What sources should I include in my paper? Where can I find a quote that fits my argument? Undergraduates ask instructors, classmates, and/or librarians these questions. Meanwhile, instructors bemoan the gap between their expectations for student writing and the finished products. Navigating a large volume of scholarship and critically evaluating potential sources is straightforward for faculty who have long passed key information literacy thresholds. However, students usually have not reached these thresholds themselves. We offer practical tools—grounded in a new framework for teaching information literacy—to address these challenges. We demonstrate how instructors can (and should) teach information literacy skills, with or without direct assistance from librarians. We recommend encouraging students to build context around information sources and slow down as they search. Implementing these tools moves students from passively synthesizing a limited set of (possibly biased) materials to engaging in genuine scholarly inquiry.


Attribute NameValues
  • Melissa Harden

  • Jeffrey J. Harden

Journal or Work Title
  • PS: Political Science & Politics

Publication Date
  • 2019

  • Political Science

  • Information Literaacy

Date Created
  • 2019-10-25

  • English

Departments and Units
Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved


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