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Instructional Services at Randall Library gives faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to learn about using the library's resources and gain important information literacy skills. We provide instruction for classes as well as individuals.


Decorative - magnifying glass and widgetsWhat is “Information literacy”?

The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively. Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. - American Library Association 

Information literacy at UNCW

Information literacy is a required competency in UNCW's University Studies program (six credit hours) and is a one of eight university Learning Goals.



Utilize Virtual Library Instruction In Your Class

Online Tutorials  |  Subject & Course Guides  |  Virtual Library Tour   |  Get Started Researching 

Research Strategy Tool   |  Assignment Calculator  |  Request Virtual IL Instruction 

On-Request Virtual Information Literacy Options

  • Instruction - Asynchronous
    • Subject guides (examples)
    • Video tutorials (examples)
    • Canvas modules (examples)
    • Information literacy development activities/assignments
  • Instruction - Synchronous
    • Usually over Zoom
    • Can be a “traditional” 50-75 minute class length or a series of shorter topical sessions
    • Can be recorded for absent students
  • Student research support - Asynchronous
    • Email
    • Canvas inbox messaging
    • Canvas discussion board(s)
  • Student research support - Synchronous
  • Instructor teaching support
    • Collaborating on research assignment development
    • Assisting with stable links to library resources (ebooks, databases, articles, etc.)
    • Providing feedback/comments on student work, such as drafts.



Request a Librarian-led Instruction Session

Please note that all library instruction and tours for Fall 2020 will be virtual/remote. Please refer to the options above and contact your liaison librarian with questions. 

First Year Seminar  |  Transfer Seminar  |  ENG Comp 

Other UNCW Instruction  |  Online & Distance Education Courses   

Visiting Groups (K-12 schools, etc.)  |  Isaac Bear Early College  |  Library Tours

Incorporate Information Literacy Into Your Class

Resources for: First Year Seminar Instructors  |  Transfer Seminar Instructors  |  ENG Comp Instructors

Use the Library Effectively in Your Class   |  Work With Your Liaison Librarian  |  Information Literacy Faculty Fellows Program  



Information literacy instruction at Randall Library: First Year Seminar, ENG 103/201, and in your major