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Information Literacy @ Egan Library

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is the ability to:

  • Know when you need information
  • Identify the best place(s) to find that information
  • Search strategically and comprehensively
  • Evaluate the authority & credibility of information you find
  • Give appropriate credit to your sources

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Reference librarians at Egan Library are here for you, both in-person and online! 

Library Research Guides

Egan Library has many research guides available to help you improve your information literacy skills and complete your class research assignments:

LS Information Literacy Courses

Strengthen your research skills, enhance your knowledge of library and online resources, and develop your understanding of our networked information ecosystem by taking an LS course! 

LS 101: Introduction to Academic Library Research

Introduction to the research process and information literacy skills, including strategies, tools, and techniques for locating, evaluating, and ethically using information from library collections, databases, and the internet. Students will also explore current issues in information literacy, such as mis/disinformation and algorithmic bias.

Each Fall and Spring, there are two sections offered - one asynchronous online section, and one hybrid section - on-site in Juneau and synchronous online over Zoom for students outside Juneau. 

This course provides a great foundation in information literacy for new students. Upper level students can also use their research for LS 101 to support long-term projects in their other courses. 

LS 220: Internet and Society

  • Full-semester, 3-credit course
  • Provides a deeper understanding of the power structures that shape the Internet, social media and contemporary society
  • Prerequisite: WRTG S111 (C 2.0 or better) or concurrent enrollment, or instructor permission

What prior LS 101 students say:

  • “I had no idea how many resources were available, where to find them, or who to ask for help. Out of all the courses this semester, my library skills class will be the most useful.” 
  • “I found Zotero to be extremely helpful. I have used it for several of my other classes this semester to help with citation. Being able to navigate databases now with the tools that this class has provided has really enhanced my ability to research and evaluate sources."
  • "I really enjoyed this class because I learned a lot more than I knew possible about research and all the other things that are out there on the internet and how they play a role in my life."

Check the current course schedule for the next available class. Please contact Kaia Henrickson, Information Literacy Librarian, with any questions.  

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