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Science and Technology Section (STS): Science Information Literacy Resources

Resources to help librarians supporting the sciences

General Information Literacy Literature

STS Information Literacy Committee members selected relevant items to help users of this site become familiar with or enhance their knowledge of resources for teaching and assessing science information literacy. For more resources see our Zotero library.

Blogs/Wikis/Discussion Groups

Information Literacy Weblog [1] International perspective on IL.

Information Literacy at ISU [2] One librarian's perspective.

ILI-L: Information Literacy Instruction List:[3] Listserv sponsored by ACRL's Instruction Section.

Web Pages

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy


  1. Cox, Christopher N. and Lindsay, Elizabeth B. (2008). "Information Literacy Instruction Handbook." ACRL: Chicago.
  2. Germain, Carol Anne. "Empowering Students II: Teaching Information Literacy Concepts with Hands-On and Minds-On." Library Instruction Publications: Pittsburgh.
  3. Gradowski, Gail, Snavley, Loanne, and Dempsey, Paula. (1998). "Designs for Active Learning: A Sourcebook of Classroom Strategies for Information Education." American Library Association: Chicago.
  4. Grassian, Esther S. and Kaplowitz, Joan R. (2009). "Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice." 2nd ed. Neal-Schuman Publishers: New York.
  5. Keeran, Peggy. ed. "Research within the disciplines: Foundations for Reference and Library Instruction." 2007 Chapter 7: Sciences (Joe Kraus); Chapter 8: Engineering (Joe Kraus). Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press.
  6. Kirk, Thomas. "Course-Related Library and Literature-Use Instruction: Working Models for Programs in Undergraduate Science Education." New York: J. Norton Publishers.
  7. O'Clair, Katherine and Davidson, Jeanne. 2012. "The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering." Chicago: ACRL.
  8. Ragains, Patrick, ed. 2006 "Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population." Chapter 12: Science (Greg Sapp); Chapter 13: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Allison V Level). New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.
  9. Stern, David. 2009. "Competencies for science librarians." New York : Routledge. Chapt 4 Information literacy instruction : competencies, caveats, and a call to action / Alexius Smith Macklin, F. Bartow Culp.
  10. Warner, Dorothy Anne. 2008. "A Disciplinary Blueprint for the Assessment of Information Literacy." New York : Libraries Unlimited. Chapter 4 “An illustration in process: recommended sequence for bibliographic and information literacy for an interdisciplinary program in the sciences: the integrated sciences and math major".


  1. Amsberry, D. (2008). Talking the Talk: Library Classroom Communication and International Students. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34(4), 354–357.

  2. Aydelott, Kathrine. "Using the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology to Develop a Modular Critical-Thinking-Based Information Literacy Tutorial." Science & Technology Libraries" 27.4 (2007) : 19-42. doi:10.1300/J122v27n04_03

  3. Bandyopadhyay, Aditi. "Measuring the disparities between biology undergraduates' perceptions and their actual knowledge of scientific literature with clickers." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 39, no. 2 (2013): 194-201. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2012.10.006

  4. Baykoucheva, S., Houck, J. D., & White, N. (2016). Integration of EndNote Online in Information Literacy Instruction Designed for Small and Large Chemistry Courses. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(3), 470–476.

  5. Berman, E. (2013). Transforming Information Literacy in the Sciences Through the Lens of E-Science. Communications in Information Literacy, 7(2), 161–170.

  6. Bogucka, Roxanne and Emily Wood. "How to Read Scientific Research Articles: A Hands-On Classroom Exercise." Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 59 (2009). doi:10.5062/F4S180FF

  7. Bruehl, M., Pan, D., & Ferrer-Vinent, I. J. (2015). Demystifying the Chemistry Literature: Building Information Literacy in First-Year Chemistry Students through Student-Centered Learning and Experiment Design. Journal of Chemical Education, 92(1), 52–57.

  8. Bussmann, Jeffra Diane & Bond, Jeffrey D. (2015). Information Literacy in Mathematics Undergraduate Education: Where Does It Stand Today?

  9. Changing the Scholarly Sources Landscape with Geomorphology Undergraduate Students. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2, 2016, from

  10. Cobus, Laura. "Integrating information literacy into the education of public health professionals: roles for librarians and the library." Journal of the Medical Library Association 96.1 (2008): 28-33. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.96.1.28

  11. Cote, Conor, and Scott Juskiewicz. "Two Approaches to Collaborative Information Literacy Instruction at a Small Engineering School." Collaborative Librarianship 6, no. 2 (2014): 73-81.

  12. Daly, E. (2010). Embedding library resources into learning management systems A way to reach Duke undergrads at their points of need. College & Research Libraries News, 71(4), 208–212.

  13. Dinkelman, Andrea L. “Using Course Syllabi to Assess Research Expectations of Biology Majors: Implications for Further Development of Information Literacy Skills in the Curriculum.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 60 (2010). doi: 10.5062/F49Z92TJ

  14. Dodd, Lorna. "The Impact of Problem-Based Learning on the Information Behavior and Literacy of Veterinary Medicine Students at University College Dublin" The Journal of Academic Librarianship 33.2 (2007): 206-216.

  15. Elrod, Susan L., and Somerville Mary M. "Literature-Based Scientific Learning: A Collaboration Model" The Journal of Academic Librarianship 33.6 (2007): 684-691. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2007.09.007

  16. Ferguson, Jessame E., Teresa Y. Neely, and Kathryn Sullivan. "A Baseline Information Literacy Assessment of Biology Students." Reference & User Services Quarterly 46.2 (2006): 61-71.

  17. Ferrer-Vinent, Ignacio J., and Christy A. Carello. "Embedded Library Instruction in a First-Year Biology Laboratory Course." Science & Technology Libraries 28.4 (2008): 325-351. Doi: 10.1080/01942620802202352

  18. Flood LS, Gasiewicz N, and Delpier T. "Integrating Information Literacy Across a BSN Curriculum." Journal of Nursing Education. 49.2 (2010) : 101-104. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20091023-01

  19. Fosmire, M., & Radcliffe, D. F. (Eds.). (2014). Integrating information into the engineering design process. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.

  20. Gehring K.M., and Eastman D.A. "Information Fluency for Undergraduate Biology Majors: Applications of Inquiry-based Learning in a Developmental Biology Course" CBE-Life Sciences Education 7.1 (2008) : 54-63. doi: 10.1187/cbe.07-10-0091

  21. Greco, G. E. (2016). Chemical Information Literacy at a Liberal Arts College. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(3), 429–433.

  22. Gross, M., & Latham, D. (2009). Undergraduate Perceptions of Information Literacy: Defining, Attaining, and Self-Assessing Skills. College & Research Libraries, 70(4), 336–350.

  23. Henderson D.E.. "A Chemical Instrumentation Game for Teaching Critical Thinking and Information Literacy in Instrumental Analysis Courses." Journal of Chemical Education 87.4 (2010) 412-415. doi: 10.1021/ed800110f

  24. Hobbs, D., L., Guo, R., Mickelsen, W., & Wertz, C., Ira. (2015). Assessment of Library Instruction to Develop Student Information Literacy Skills. Radiologic Technology, 86(3), 344–349.

  25. Hoffmann, Kristin, Fred Antwi-Nsiah, Vivian Feng, and Meagan Stanley. "Library Research Skills: A Needs Assessment for Graduate Student Workshops." Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship 53 (2008): 3. doi:10.5062/F48P5XFC

  26. Holden, Irina I. "Science Literacy and Lifelong Learning in the Classroom: A Measure of Attitudes among University Students." Journal of Library Administration 50.3 (2010): 265-282. doi:10.1080/01930821003635002

  27. Hsieh, Cynthia and Knight, Lorrie. "Problem-Based Learning for Engineering Students: An Evidence-Based Comparative Study" The Journal of Academic Librarianship" 34.1 (2008): 25-30. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2007.11.007

  28. Huwe, T. K. (2006). Some Best Practices for Personalizing Outreach. Building Digital Libraries. Computers in Libraries, 26(2), 36–38.

  29. Iber, Mary, and Derin Sherman. "A Physics Professor and a Science Librarian Challenge Non-Majors to Evaluate Science." Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship 56 (2009): 3. Doi: 10.5062/F4N29TWP

  30. Jacobs, D. L., Dalal, H. A., & Dawson, P. H. (2016). Integrating Chemical Information Instruction into the Chemistry Curriculum on Borrowed Time: A Multiyear Case Study of a Capstone Research Report for Organic Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(3), 444–451.

  31. Johnston, B., & Webber, S. (2003). Information Literacy in Higher Education: A review and case study. Studies in Higher Education, 28(3), 335–352.

  32. Julien, H., & Barker, S. (2009). How high-school students find and evaluate scientific information: A basis for information literacy skills development. Library & Information Science Research, 31(1), 12–17.

  33. Knight, L. A. (2006). Using rubrics to assess information literacy. Reference Services Review, 34(1), 43–55.

  34. Loo, J. L., Eifler, D., Smith, E., Pendse, L., He, J., Sholinbeck, M., … Dupuis, E. A. (n.d.). Flipped Instruction for Information Literacy: Five Instructional Cases of Academic Librarians. The Journal of Academic Librarianship.

  35. Luo, L. (2010). Web 2.0 Integration in Information Literacy Instruction: An Overview. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 36(1), 32–40.

  36. Lynch, A., & Ratto, B. (2012). Undergraduate Student Perceptions of a Free Textbook Alternative. Business Education & Accreditation, 4(1), 25–32.

  37. Macklin, A. S., & Culp, F. B. (2008). Information Literacy Instruction: Competencies, Caveats, and a Call to Action. Science & Technology Libraries, 28(1–2), 45–61.

  38. Maness, Jack M. (2006). An Evaluation of Library Instruction Delivered to Engineering Students Using Streaming Video.

  39. Maybee, C., Carlson, J., Slebodnik, M., & Chapman, B. (2015). “It’s in the Syllabus”: Identifying Information Literacy and Data Information Literacy Opportunities Using a Grounded Theory Approach. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(4), 369–376.

  40. McClure, R., & Clink, K. (2009). How Do You Know That?: An Investigation of Student Research Practices in the Digital Age. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 9(1), 115–132.

  41. Miller, I., & Carlberg, K. (2008). Integrating Information Literacy within the Disciplines: A Faculty-Centered Approach. PNLA Quarterly, 73(1), 39–40.

  42. O’Clair, K., & Davidson, J. (Eds.). (2012). The busy librarian’s guide to information literacy in science and engineering. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

  43. Nichols, J. T. (2009). The 3 Directions: Situated Information Literacy. College & Research Libraries, 70(6), 515–530.

  44. Pinto, M., Cordon, J. A., & Gomez Diaz, R. (2010). Thirty years of information literacy (1977--2007): A terminological, conceptual and statistical analysis. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 42(1), 3–19.

  45. Ramsay, Karen M. and Jim Kinnie. "The Embedded Librarian." Library Journal 131.6 (April 1, 2006): 34-35.

  46. Rangachari, P. K., & Rangachari, U. (2007). Information literacy in an inquiry course for first-year science undergraduates: a simplified 3C approach. AJP: Advances in Physiology Education, 31(2), 176–179.

  47. Repanovici, A. (2009). Strategic and collaborative approach in information literacy applied in engineering teaching. WSEAS Transactions on Information Science and Applications, 6(3), 341–351.

  48. Richardson, J. E., Bouquin, D. R., Tmanova, L. L., & Wright, D. (2015). Information and informatics literacies of first-year medical students. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 103(4), 198–202.

  49. Roberts, J. C., & Bhatt, J. (2007). Innovative approaches to information literacy instruction for engineering undergraduates at Drexel University. European Journal of Engineering Education, 32(3), 243–251.

  50. Scaramozzino, Jeanine Marie. (2008). An Undergraduate Science Information Literacy Tutorial in a Web 2.0 World.​

  51. Storksdieck, M. (2016). Critical information literacy as core skill for lifelong STEM learning in the 21st century: Reflections on the desirability and feasibility for widespread science media education. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 11(1), 167. Doi: 10.1007/s11422-015-9714-4.

  52. Thomas, J., & Gosling, C. (2009). An Evaluation of the use of “Guides at the Side” Web-Based Learning Activities to Equip Students in Health Sciences and Nursing with Information Literacy Skills. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 15(2), 173–186.

  53. Thompson, L., & Blankinship, L. A. (2015). Teaching Information Literacy Skills to Sophomore-Level Biology Majors. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, 16(1), 29.

  54. Tomaszewski, R. (2016). The Concept of the Imploded Boolean Search: A Case Study with Undergraduate Chemistry Students. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(3), 527–533.

  55. VanScoy, A., & Oakleaf, M. J. (2008). Evidence vs. Anecdote: Using Syllabi to Plan Curriculum-Integrated Information Literacy Instruction. College & Research Libraries, 69(6), 566–575.

  56. Walker, M. A., & Ye Li. (2016). Improving Information Literacy Skills through Learning To Use and Edit Wikipedia: A Chemistry Perspective. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(3), 509–515.

  57. Wilkes, J., & Gurney, L. J. (2009). Perceptions and Applications of Information Literacy by First Year Applied Science Students. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 40(3), 159–171.

  58. Winterman, Brian. (2009). Building Better Biology Undergraduates through Information Literacy Integration.​

  59. Zwicky, D. A., & Hands, M. D. (2016). The Effect of Peer Review on Information Literacy Outcomes in a Chemical Literature Course. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(3), 477–481.