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Information Literacy


The Augustana Campus Library has offered library instruction sessions for many years. During the late 1990s, librarians began to strive for more deliberate integration of information literacy (IL) principles into these sessions. The offering of discipline-specific credit-bearing IL courses from 2001 to 2015 saw Augustana's IL initiatives take a significant leap forward.

Augustana has adopted three core skills for graduates: Thinkers, Researchers, and Communicators. Information literacy is an integral component of the Researcher skill. Since the introduction of the core, Augustana's librarians have been working with teaching faculty to re-examine how IL is integrated across all disciplines at all levels, with the mutual objective of providing Augustana students with highly relevant and practical IL education. 

Discipline-specific credit-bearing IL courses in the following disciplines were taught at Augustana between 2001 and 2015. 

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Crime & Community
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English*
  • Environmental Studies & Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Management
  • Music**
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Sociology
*ENG 201 was required for graduation in the Bachelor of Arts in English degree.
**MUS 228 was required for graduation in the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree and the Bachelor of Music degree.


Students who took a discipline-specific IL course at Augustana Campus were encouraged to be enrolled in a corequisite course, whose major paper formed the basis of most of their assignments in the IL course. A suitable corequisite was a course in the same discipline as the IL course in which significant library research (e.g., a term paper) was required. Ideally, the corequisite was taken during the same term as the IL course.