Information Literacy Learning Activities: Race & Social Justice

Engaging Our Digital Natives

The Benedictine librarians, in collaboration with faculty, have created some learning activities to help develop the Information Literacy skills of our students.  Here are some resources you may wish to use to support some of the research assignments related to next week’s Teach-In activitiesYou’llalso find themposted in the Race and Social Justice Research Guide:







This is an activity we introduced at one of our Engaging Our Digital Natives workshops last year.  Since then, we’ve been told that many faculty have used this resource with great success.

–  Use the slides to discuss how information is delivered in various formats.   How do you determine which formats are the most reliable?  Which formats are appropriate for academic research?  What is the difference between scholarly and academic resources?   Which are primary and which are secondary resources?

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Encyclopedia of Immigration & Migration in the American West

The American West has been a place of migration for groups of people seeking a better life. Blacks seeking relief from the Jim Crow, Chinese looking for economic opportunity, seekers after gold. Many have sought a place in the American West. The Native American nations suffered forced migration and Government Indian Policy. These essays offer insight into the motives, politics and natural resources that formed the history of the American West.

Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West


Fake News: Develop Your Fact-Checking Skills

The flood of fake news, propaganda, rumors, and advertising challenges our skills to separate fact from fiction. Use the resources posted in this Fake News Research Guide to develop the Information Literacy skills you’ll need to to recognize the differences between fact and rumor, news and advertising, news and opinion, and bias and fairness.

Medicine, Health, and Bioethics: essential primary sources

The primary sources contained herein demonstrate the development, diversity and nexus of science and ethics as embodied in medical advances, social policy and law.  Because an understanding of the historical development of medical science and the social issues that arise from its advance is increasingly vital, this work takes a sweeping view of events over the last 200 years.

Medicine, Health, and Bioethics: Essential Primary Sources

Reading and Literacy

Attention students in the Master of Education in Reading and Literacy Program.  We have a research guide, Reading and Literacy, just for you.  We have navigated through all of the databases for you and provided links to the ones that are relevant to your program on this guide.  The guide also contains searching tips and tricks to help retrieve articles for your subject, as well as a number of other topics of information like books, interlibrary loan, Google Scholar, and videos.

New Catholic Encyclopedia

Alphabetically arranged articles within this resource cover theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and more.   They serve as a comprehensive and authoritative work of reference on the movements and interests that have shaped Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular over two millennia.  Also available are the supplements from 2009 through 2013.  Each supplement focuses on special themes which include science and the Church; the Church in modern history; art, music and literature and biographies of beatified and canonized persons since 2010; current Catholic issues, events and topics including Pope Benedict XVI, sex abuse crises, the internet; and ethics and philosophy.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2003


Now Available: The Information Literacy Sandbox

Engaging Our Digital Natives

The  ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox ( has been launched.  It is designed to serve as a place to discover ways to use the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in instructional settings, as well as to share activities and teaching resources related to the Framework.

Searching and browsing for resources is open to everyone.  You do not need a contributor account to visit the site and be inspired by the resources that have been shared.

Now,  please go enjoy the Sandbox!

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