Information Literacy Instruction Request


  • Provide all of the requested information so that we may better prepare for your session.
  • Submit only one class session at a time.
  • Submit your request at least one week in advance (except Study Groups, which require a minimum 2-3 days ahead) in order for us to best serve you and your students.
  • It is highly recommended that you request a research only session in addition to a library instruction session to allow your students more time to conduct their research.

You will be notified within 48 hours by phone or email to confirm date and time of your request.

Instructor Information

Session Details

Date needed for Library instruction (provide an alternate choice)
Note: The course instructor's attendance is required at all library instruction sessions.


Alternatively, you may send an electronic copy of your assignment and course syllabus by using the upload link below or by email to

Select Session(s)

  • Introduction to general information about GateWay library resources, services & policies
  • Select good topics, not too broad or too narrow, and use Reference resources for background information
  • Select appropriate library research tools for their information need (learning to use the Library Catalog, or some hot issues/controversial issues online databases )
  • How to search General/Multidisciplinary and subject-related databases for magazine, journal, and newspaper articles
  • Learn to find key concepts and connect them with Boolean Operators (And, Or, Not)
  • Identify the purpose and audience of potential information sources (popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical)
  • Become aware of the need to cite sources appropriately
  • Basics of library research and general information about GateWay library's services
  • Finding books using MCCCD Libraries Catalog
  • How to search the Internet efficiently and effectively
  • Evaluating quality on the Web (using certain criteria to compare good & bad websites)

Instructor works directly with a librarian to create sessions tailored to specialized library assignments, to learn only some specific subject databases, or to review unique resources.

General Information About Sessions

The designs of the sessions are based on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. According to ACRL, an information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically & incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base and value system
  • 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

Adapted from the above ACRL standards, MCCCD Library Instruction Council also created similar guidelines through a tool called Getting It Right with more details on the five criteria and possible scenarios for students information needs.

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