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Information Literacy Program

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

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Program Components

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

First-Year Personal Librarian (FYPL)

All freshmen students are assigned a full-time Instruction and Research 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.

CORE 113 Workshops

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.

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.

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.

Resource Evaluation (online tutorial)

Description: Defines and exemplifies the concepts of Scholarly and Popular, Primary, and Secondary. Discusses selecting the best information sources by 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 distinctive characteristics of each. Research scenarios are explored to illustrate the application of the evaluation process.

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.

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.