Information literacy: How supervisors can help students develop their information literacy skills
In order to complete a quality research study, you need to know how to find and use relevant literature, and ethically incorporate these into your study. This presentation introduces you to information literacy, a topic which is often neglected by both supervisors and postgraduate students. It elaborates on the role of the supervisor in identifying students’ abilities in terms of information literacy and reflecting on the support they need in order to find and use information effectively for their research studies. The resources referred to in the video are shared below in the Additional Resources section.
Frea Haandrikman at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University wrote and narrated the presentation. The material was originally developed for a postgraduate supervision course.
Explore these additional resources
- Self-assessment handout
- Research development framework
- Online skills modules of Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Information literacy course by TU Delft
- The handouts used in Oxford (Bodleian Libraries) workshops
- Search profile handout
- Information literacy deals
Who might find this useful?
This material is mainly for supervisors, although postgraduate students would benefit from the discussion on the importance of information literacy and where they can get support in this regard. The additional materials would also benefit both students and supervisors.