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Three professors will share how they have implemented information literacy concepts in their classes during a noon brown bag in room 217 of Skillman Library today. Free lunch will be provided.

In collaboration with librarians, the faculty developed assignments that require students to learn how information is disseminated and gathered in a field, to examine their own research process, and to explore some of the economic, social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding the production and distribution of information.

Students in the Econometric Analysis class taught by Susan Averett, associate professor and associate head of economics and business, have learned how the literature of economics is structured by looking critically at literature reviews and writing two literature reviews of their own. As they collect economic data for a semester-long project, students also examine and evaluate the sources of the data, asking important questions about how it came to be collected, by whom, and for what purpose. The coordinating librarian is Terese Heidenwolf.

In the Literary Questions class taught by William Carpenter, assistant professor of English, students are exposed to more than the fundamentals of English literary criticism. By incorporating complex library research exercises into their writing assignments, students learn how information is collected and organized in the discipline. They also record and reflect their developing research skills in personal online journals. The coordinating librarian is Anne Barnhart-Park.

Alexandra Cooper, assistant professor of government and law, requires students in Congress and Legislative Process to write a series of papers about different aspects of the service of a member of Congress using both the member’s web site and secondary sources. The projects provide opportunities for discussions and additional assignments about primary versus secondary sources, propaganda and bias in information, and how the Internet might be changing the political process. The coordinating librarian is Mercedes Benitez Sharpless.

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