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Information Literacy Program

Outlines the plan, delivery and assessment for Information Literacy (IL) at SFU.

Program Components

The First-Year experience consists of three components that build a fundamental knowledge and skill set for all first-year students to become successful researchers at Saint Francis University.

First-Year Personal Librarian (FYPL)

CORE 113 Workshops

Tours/Orientation Sessions

First-Year Personal Librarian (FYPL)

All freshmen students are assigned a full-time Instruction and Information Services Librarian as their Personal Librarian who can assist them with their research needs during their first year at SFU.

All other research assistance avenues listed under the Instruction Program tab of this guide are also available to First-Year students.

Outreach efforts are organized around:

  • A letter sent to students via email before they arrive on campus.
  • Blackboard Community to share resources and communicate with First-Year students.
  • Marketing/welcome gift offered upon an introductory visit to their Personal Librarian.
  • Contact with a "go to" person for research assistance and all things library.
  • Library presence at Check – In

First-Year Personal Librarians by Last Name

All freshmen students are assigned a librarian to assist them with the transition to library research in an academic setting.

Ms. Renee Hoffman

  • Student last name beginning with  A - G.

Mrs. Marcia Kokus

  • Student last name beginning with H - O.

Ms. Janie Rager

  • Student last name beginning with  P - Z.

CORE 113 Workshops

CORE 113 Workshops

Five workshops covering valuable topics essential to academic success are offered in collaboration with the instructors of the CORE 113 First-Year Seminar course. Instructors are key in holding students accountable for completion of this requirement to attend and complete workshops.

  • Uncovering the best resources for research
  • Formatting citations
  • Finding scholarly information for research projects
  • Locating information in different formats
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Any student is encouraged to attend these workshops.
  • Core 113 enrolled students are required to attend all workshops:
    • Your Academic Library
    • Search Databases
    • Resource Evaluation
    • Avoid Plagiarism
    • Citation (APA or MLA, etc.) 
  • Workshops are held outside of CORE 113 class time.
  • Students must register online, in advance, to reserve one of 20 seats in each session scheduled.
  • Workshops are scheduled throughout the semester at a variety of times.
  • All sessions are 50 minutes in length.
  • In-Class sessions can be requested by CORE 113 faculty.
  • Some Monday evening workshops are offered throughout the semester.

Workshop Content

Your Academic Library

Description: Introduces the Saint Francis University Library through the exploration of the library catalog as a tool to access various formats and types of information sources. This foundational session assures that students are capable of achieving higher level skills in research during their undergraduate years.


  • Course Reserve
  • Research Help
  • Research Guides
  • Library Catalog
  • Keyword vs. Subject Search
  • Formats (Articles, E-books, etc.)
  • Advanced Search
  • Record and Item Location

Search Databases

Description: Explore several of the library's databases as a way to find reliable information that can be either scholarly or popular in nature.


  • Databases: Fee-Based Resources
  • Locate Scholarly/Popular Articles
  • Search Terms/Refine Search
  • Advanced vs. Basic Search
  • Truncation/Wild Cards
  • Boolean Searching        
  • File Types (PDF, HTML, etc.)
  • Locating Full Text
  • Interlibrary Loan

Resource Evaluation

Description: Evaluation occurs when the researcher selects one source over another for a specific reason. All resources are not created equal. Selecting the best information sources requires looking at your assignment, the research topic, and the sources themselves to determine the value that a given resource provides to your work. Students look at the publication process of various types of resources in order to discern the distintive characteristics of each. Research scenarios are explored to illustrate the application of the evaluation process.


  • Publication process
    • Books
    • Magazines/Newspapers
    • Scholarly journals
      •  peer review
    • Websites
  • Types of Assignments
    •  10 page paper (Health Sciences)
    • original research (Sciences)
    • persuasive speech (Arts & Letters)
    • presentation (Business)

Avoid Plagiarism

Description: Look at the ethical considerations when committing plagiarism from the creator's perspective through previewing an example scenario. Highlighting what characteristics identify a correctly attributed paraphrase, summary and quote.


  • SFU's Academic Honesty Policy
  • Define Plagiarism
  • Paraphrasing/Common Knowledge
  • Importance of Recording Research Activity
  • Plagiarism Scenarios

APA Citation or MLA Citation

Description: Identify the correct format for the citation of various types and formats of information resources you may encounter when building your works cited list. Application of rules are provided in the style manuals MLA & APA with a step-by-step process approach.


  • Purpose of Citation
  • Identify types of information sources
  • Citation for three types of resources
    • Book
    • Website
    • Article from a database

Tours / Orientation Sessions/ Resources


Available upon request at the Circulation Desk: Phone 472 - 3160

Orientations Sessions are taught by the library liaison for the requesting department/ faculty member.