As undergraduate students increasingly rely on the Internet as their primary method for gathering sources, they often overlook the rich and varied resources available to them in library collections. Furthermore, students often lack the sophistication to effectively seek out and use information, an ability generally referred to as information literacy. Political scientists and librarians a tone institutions ought to address the gap in student information literacy skills by creating and implementing a semester-long library lab component integrated into the required research methods course within the political science department. This article presents the steps taken to implement the lab component, including the student learning outcomes we sought to address. We also focus on the measures we used to assess the impact of the lab component. Students who participated in the lab component demonstrate markedly improved information literacy skills compared to those who did not.
Julie K. Gilbert, Katherine Knutson and Christopher P. Gilbert (2012). Adding an Integrated Library Component to an Undergraduate Research Methods Course. PS: Political Science & Politics, 45, pp 112-118. doi:10.1017/S1049096511001788.