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Information literacy is an integral part of a liberal arts education. As defined by the American Library Associations Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, information-literate citizens should be able to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." While information literacy is the responsibility of all Randolph-Macon College departments, the library is uniquely positioned to promote the literate use of information.

Instruction in the McGraw-Page Library takes a variety of forms. For additional information about the programs, contact your department liaison.

Course-Specific Instruction
The Reference Desk
The Library Website

Course-Specific Instruction

Instruction sessions are tailored to the needs of the research assignments you give your students. They can include demonstrations of MaconCat and periodical databases, tips for creating a good search strategy, and techniques for evaluating print and online resources. The librarian will be happy to discuss with you what the session should cover. Schedule instruction early to ensure you can get the date and time you want and to give the librarian plenty of time to prepare. It is a good idea to give her a copy of the assignment and relevant topics she can use to demonstrate searches, as well as any special instructions or expectations for the assignment (such as limits on sources). Keep in mind that the information in the session will be most relevant to students after they have the assignment and topics in mind. It is also important for you to attend the session; questions about the assignment often come up once students start searching!

Librarians are available to speak to classes in all departments. Contact your department liaison to discuss meeting as a class in our library computer classroom. Or, if you prefer, we can come to your classroom!

The Reference Desk

Librarians at the reference desk will gladly answer questions and provide research assistance. We are available Monday–Friday, 9–5, when the college is open, as well as Sunday–Wednesday evenings, 6:30–9:30, during the semester.

The Library Website

The McGraw-Page Library website has a multitude of resources for users. Resources by Subject pages list reference sources, databases, websites, and other resources geared to specific disciplines. Additional resources are available in Reference Quicklinks, the FAQ, and other sections.

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