Our First Year Experience Librarian, Alexandra Rihm, can work with your first year students to improve their understanding of information resources, skills, and concepts.  She is available to meet with your class at your convenience, or for individualized/small group research consultations via appointment.  For a hands-on session, we recommend our computerized instruction classroom. 

Choose the topics you’d like to cover below. You can mix-and-match from any category.

First Year Information Literacy Learning Outcomes


Library Orientation and Use

Finding Your Way around the Library
Locating course reserves, computer resources and library collections; using the library catalog, understanding how to request materials from other libraries, where to find help in locating information.
Locating and Evaluating Sources
Selecting and using print and online books, periodicals, reference sources and web resources; appropriate use of Google.

Research Skills

Choosing a Research Topic
Developing and refining a research topic, creating a thesis statement, identifying key concepts and search terms.
Understanding Types of Information and Publications
The information life cycle, scholarly communication & publication, primary and secondary sources, sources and use of images and graphics, visual literacy & copyright.
Discovering and Evaluating Information
Where to get started, putting a search together, use of print and online sources, reflective evaluation of information.

Information Ethics

Citing Sources and Understanding Plagiarism
The art of paraphrasing, anatomy of a citation, citation styles, creating a bibliography, using RefWorks.
Creating and Sharing Information
Information sharing in communities, online publication, ethical dissemination of information.
Managing Online Identity
Developing a personal profile within information communities, creating an online appearance and image, communicating with different audiences, evaluating locations for an online presence.
Developing Intentional Information Skills
Critical reflection on the ethical, political and social implications of information, understanding how to incorporate new questions and perspectives into one's life and community, decision-making using information.



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Alexandra Rihm

Research and First Year Experience Librarian

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