Pathways: Information Literacy Integration into the Hunter College Common Core
This is a planning document for integrating Information Literacy into the Hunter College Common Core. The Libraries' current instructional program is presented according to and aligned with the CUNY Pathway Common Core Structure: Required Core and Flexible Core.
Information Literacy (see below) is a set of standards and competencies defined by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. These standards, competencies and learning outcomes are at the core of the Libraries' instructional program across the curriculum at every level. They are also central to all courses in the Pathways common core: Required Core and Flexible Core.
Academic departments and individual faculty seeking to integrate information literacy into their programs and courses can also use this as a guide. It provides links to our Information Literacy Commons, subject specialists, web-based research guides, library collections and services.
Information Literacy Competencies
The Hunter College Libraries are committed to teaching the following information literacy competencies and
First-year college students should demonstrate the ability to recognize an information need and locate, evaluate and use information effectively and responsibly. These competencies are based on standards set by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Each of the following categories provides links to interactive tutorials and assessments from the Libraries' Information Literacy Commons; each tutorial can be copied and placed into course Bb sites.
- Framing the Research Question
A student will recognize the need to find information to fill gaps in his/her knowledge; understands the value of seeking information to test preliminary ideas, opinions and assumptions.
- Accessing Sources
A student will understand that there are differences among information sources; can search several kinds of sources to retrieve information.
- Evaluating Sources
A student will review information retrieved to assess the reliability of each source; consider whether or not the amount of information is sufficient to address the issue; examine and compare information from various sources; determine the probable accuracy and reliability of the content; identify an author’s thesis and the basic structure of the information; avoid immediate agreement or disagreement with the information.
- Using Information Effectively
A student will organize content to support the purposes of the student’s product; develop topic in essay or other format; communicate cogently; can prepare an annotated bibliography; and use the designated editorial style appropriately.
- Using Information Responsibly
A student will understand what plagiarism is and does not plagiarize; uses appropriate documentation style for citing sources.