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Library Instruction

Library Instruction

Information literacy instruction at USCA is a collaboration between faculty librarians and classroom faculty to address specific outcomes and goals. Topics covered in information literacy instruction may include:

  • Exploring databases and catalogs
  • The research process and research strategies
  • Source evaluation
  • Citation styles, including APA, ACS, ASA, CSE/CBE, MLA and Chicago Styles
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Finding government information
  • Copyright

To arrange information literacy instruction for your classes, please submit an instruction request. If you have any questions about library instruction, please contact Brandy Horne at

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

ACRL Information Literacy Framework graphic

Image by Theresa Burress

The USCA Information Literacy Program Mission

The program’s primary mission is to promote the acquisition of life-long information literacy skills. To this end, we help library patrons define, access and evaluate information, and we encourage them to use information appropriately and ethically. In promoting information literacy across the campus, our goals are to:

  • provide individual and course-integrated instruction
  • collaborate with faculty to develop research assignments and guides
  • provide specialized research workshops for the entire academic community
  • continually assess the program to improve teaching and learning and to adapt new technologies and resources
Photograph of students consulting with a librarian

Students and faculty may request individual consultations to discuss in-depth research concerns with librarians. Consultations may be scheduled for 30 minutes or 1 hour, depending on the need, with the goal of providing guidance about the direction of the research and empower each person to dig deeper. They may be scheduled by clicking on the Make an Appointment link in the Ask a Librarian box to the right.


Brandy Horne