Information Literacy Course
Lesson Plan


  • Using the library’s website and catalog
  • Search strategies
  • Accessing databases
  • Evaluating Resources
  • Citation styles

Learning Objectives

This lesson addresses ACRL Standards 1, 2 and 3.

  • Students will successfully navigate the library’s website.
  • Students will find printed and electronic materials using the catalog.
  • Students will use strategies to construct a search string for use in databases and on the web.
  • Students will locate and use databases appropriate to their areas of study.
  • Students will critically evaluate journal articles and web resources
  • Students will demonstrate a basic grasp of formatting and citation within APA and/or MLA


  • Introduction
  • Navigating the library’s website
  • Using the catalog
  • Search Strategies (Handouts: Search Strategies and Research Topic Worksheet)
    • Writing a recipe
    • Boolean operators
    • Using parenthesis & quotation marks
    • Connecting concepts into a search string
  • Accessing Databases (Handouts: Citing Resources Worksheet)
    • Academic Search Complete
    • Database specific to course matter
  • Evaluating Resources (Handouts: Evaluating Resources…)
    • Scholarly articles and peer-reviewed journals
    • Currency, authority, objectivity
    • Pair & Share with examples
    • Who, what, where, why, when and how?
    • Using Google to find credible resources
  • Citation Styles (Handout: Writing in APA Style)
    • Formatting
    • In text citation
    • Reference list
  • Conclusion and Assessment