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Sociology: Library Component For Your Sociology Courses

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Information Literacy

ALA/ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology and Sociology Students

Also available from American Sociological Association's Website

American Library Association's  ACRL Information Literacy and Instruction standards


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Information skills and competencies







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No? then you may want plan a library research component for your research methods or other classes to address some of these issues. 

If you would like to insert information literacy objectives into your syllabi or class assignment or for assessments, I would be happy to help. Please drop me an email.

Preliminary documents for your consideration:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education in its Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Requirements of Affiliation and Standards for Accreditation, [Online Version updated March 2009 (p. 42)] defines information literacy in the following terms: “Several skills collectively referred to as “information literacy,” apply to all disciplines in an institution’s curricula. These skills relate to a student’s competency in acquiring and processing information in the search for understanding, whether that information is sought in or through the facilities of a library, through practica, as a result of field experiments, by communications with experts in professional communities, or by other means. Therefore, information literacy is an essential component of any educational program at the graduate or undergraduate levels. These skills include the ability to: 

  • determine the nature and extent of needed information;access information effectively and efficiently;
  • evaluate critically the sources and content of information; incorporate selected information in the learner’s knowledge base and value system;  
  • use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose;  
  • understand the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and information technology;
  • and  observe laws, regulations, and institutional policies related to the access and use of information.”


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Triveni Kuchi
Librarian for Sociology, Criminal Justice, Cinema, South Asian, and Middle Eastern Studies
New Brunswick Libraries,
Rutgers University - New Brunswick,
Carr Library, 75 Avenue E, Piscataway, NJ-08854

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