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Ethel K Smith Library

Information for Faculty: Information Literacy Exercises

Information Literacy Exercises to Assign to your Students

About Information Literacy Exercises

The EKS Library Instruction Team has put together a list of Information Literacy Exercises for Wingate University faculty to use in their classes. These exercises could fit as in-class activities, out-of-classroom homework, or event extra credit opportunities for students. 

Information Literacy is defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) as "the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information." The ACRL notes that in order for students to be information literate, "a campus culture of collaboration and focus on student learning" is required. We hope that this set of exercises helps foster this collaboration, expanding the ways faculty incorporate information literacy into the classroom in addition to traditional library instruction. 

Many of the exercises listed here incorporate one or more frames from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. These frames are:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration


Do you wish to discuss improving Information Literacy in your classroom?

Do you have a request for an exercise topic?

We can help!

Please contact Jessica Swaringen for inquiries related to Information Literacy Exercises. 

Jessica Swaringen (she/her)
Reference & Instruction Librarian
office: Library 132
ext: 8808