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Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Online from: 1973

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Integrating information literacy using problem-based learning

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Title:Integrating information literacy using problem-based learning
Author(s):Alexius Smith Macklin, (Alexius Smith Macklin is Assistant Professor and User Instruction Librarian, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. E-mail:
Citation:Alexius Smith Macklin, (2001) "Integrating information literacy using problem-based learning", Reference Services Review, Vol. 29 Iss: 4, pp.306 - 314
Keywords:Academic libraries, Assessment, Education, Library services, Problem-based learning, Training
Article type:Technical paper
DOI:10.1108/EUM0000000006493 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Teaching information literacy skills is increasingly difficult as the number of students entering the university demonstrate an extraordinary confidence using technology. Students and subject area faculty often do not grasp the subtle difference between being technology proficient and being information literate. Some faculty are even beginning to dismiss library instruction by saying “my students already know how to use the Internet”. This paper introduces a new method for teaching essential information literacy skills, combined with problem solving techniques, to develop, promote, and assess critical and analytical thinking of students further (and faculty) using information technologies today.

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