Research Instruction

Research Instruction Program

The University Libraries Research Instruction program’s goal is to develop information literacy among Western Michigan University students. As information literacy experts, WMU librarians are here to help course instructors incorporate information literacy into their course curriculum in several ways.

What is information literacy?

Information Literacy is the ability to identify, retrieve, evaluate, and use information that is appropriate to a need.

WMU librarians have created a set of Information Literacy Core Competencies, with examples of skills, goals and objectives that students should acquire during their university years. These core competencies are based on the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

What's next?

Instructors, if you would like to know how to incorporate information literacy into your class, go to our Teaching and Consultation page. You may also choose to directly schedule a research instruction session.

For more information about what the Libraries hope students are able to do when they become information literate, see our Information Literacy Core Competencies page.

Also, take a look at our Library Tutorials and Guides page for instructions on how to do many common library research tasks.