Information Literacy at CSUMB

Lower division information literacy (IL) outcomes

At CSUMB, the required lower division information literacy outcomes are embedded in the General Education (GE) curriculum, specifically in First Year Seminar (FYS), Life Science (B2) and U.S. Histories & Democratic Participation (D2) courses. Students must demonstrate proficiency with information search and discovery methods by effectively using tools for the discovery, acquisition, and evaluation of information. They must also demonstrate the ability to use and present information in an ethical manner.

Level one IL outcomes for FYS/GE courses

Students develop a focused research topic and retrieve relevant sources by identifying search terms appropriate to the topic and effectively searching relevant library resources.

FYS IL Outcome 1: Choose a topic appropriate to the assignment and identify search terms relevant to the topic.

FYS IL Outcome 2: Effectively search for and identify sources using the library books and articles search tool and evaluate the relevance of search results.

Level two IL outcomes for Life Science and U.S. Histories & Democratic Participation courses

Life Science: the information literacy outcomes are embedded in outcome B2C which states:

Students identify differences between science and other ways of constructing knowledge, and evaluate the credibility and scientific value of different sources of information.

To assess whether students have met the information literacy outcomes within the framework of scientific inquiry, the following abilities should be demonstrated:

  • Understand how the scientific peer review process contributes to the reliability of scientific knowledge; effectively search for and identify peer-reviewed articles on the topic.
  • Select library databases appropriate to the topic. Identify and combine keywords and synonyms to develop a search strategy; effectively execute the search in appropriate library databases.
  • Evaluate the credibility of information sources, using the following criteria: expertise & credentials, purpose & audience, point of view.

US Histories & Democratic Participation: The information literacy outcomes are embedded in Outcome 2: Historical Research and Analysis, which states:

Students become their own historians by demonstrating the ability to gather information, select relevant evidence from the information gathered, evaluate its credibility and use that evidence to explain and interpret the past.

To assess whether students have met the information literacy outcomes within the framework of historical inquiry, the following abilities should be demonstrated:

  • Effectively identify relevant scholarly sources on the topic; understand the distinctions between primary historical evidence and secondary historical sources.
  • Select library databases appropriate to the topic. Identify and combine keywords and synonyms to develop a search strategy; effectively execute the search in appropriate library databases.
  • Evaluate the credibility of information sources, using the following criteria: expertise & credentials, purpose & audience, point of view.