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Embedding research skills: Introduction

This guide provides some discipline-specific examples of how academic research skills can be embedded in subjects & courses


Information literacy is the skills set required to make good use of library and other information sources.

An information literate person is able to:

  • recognise when information is needed
  • find and evaluate the information they need
  • use that information effectively and appropriately

Ultimately the information literate person has learned how to learn.

Information literacy is not just library skills and it is not just a library responsibility – it is everyone’s responsibility. It also covers IT, research, critical thinking, communication and lifelong learning skills. These are all essential for successful university and career outcomes.

Why is information literacy important to JCU?

Information learning and literacy is one of the seven JCU Graduate Attributes which are required to be developed in every degree course. It is defined as:

  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies
  • The ability to evaluate that information
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically

How the Library can help

The Library employs a graduated or tiered approach to teaching information literacy in JCU. The Library will:

  • Provide generic, self-directed learning opportunities at the point of need (supplemental)
  • Offer discipline specific classroom instruction at various levels (integrated)
  • Work with academic and other staff to create customisable information literacy rich teaching modules (embedded)

Contact your liaison librarian to discuss options.

InfoLit Dialog, No. 3: Frustrations

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