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A guide to library services that support faculty at Cal Maritime
The Association of Research and College Libraries has identified a core set of skills and knowledge critical to student success during undergraduate education and beyond. These standards form the basis of our Program's Student Learning Outcomes.
Upon graduation, Cal Maritime students will be able to:
Define and articulate the information needed
Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
Evaluate information and its sources critically
Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
About the Program
The Library's Information Fluency Instruction Program is dedicated to ensuring that all graduates are able to effectively navigate the vast amount of information available in a digital society.
To meet this goal, the program provides instruction designed to meet the general and discipline-specific needs of students and faculty. This instruction includes curriculum-integrated sessions, a full-term class, online research guides, drop-in reference assistance, and individual research consultation.
The bulk of instruction takes place during the freshman year through General Education courses and LIB100. During that time, students are introduced to foundational skills:
Developing a research topic and focusing a research question
Searching book and article databases efficiently and effectively
Evaluating print and online materials for authority and purpose
Presenting information professionally using MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Citing resources in APA style
Understanding and avoiding plagiarism and copyright violations
Online communication etiquette
Information fluency is then reinforced and expanded upon via individual sessions in discipline-specific courses. For example:
Locating patents that affect the engineering design process
Using the Harmonized System to locate tariffs and trade statistics
Finding and interpreting marine accident reports
Locating federal regulations related to shipping and navigation
Understanding online privacy and avoiding online fraud
Compiling data and evaluating news regarding foreign companies