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Library Orientation - New Lecturers: Information Literacy

We aim to equip students to recognise when information is needed, find the right kind of information and apply the information effectively.

Information Literacy Skills

UJ Library creates opportunities for students to:

  • effectively use the library's resources
  • understand and reflect information
  • improve problem-solving
  • think critically
  • use sophisticated information retrieval systems
  • translate the data and information into knowledge, insight and understanding
  • successfully apply reference techniques and academic style
  • understand copyright and plagiarism

Library Information Literacy Programme

UJ Library offers face-to-face information literacy instructions in:

  • Determining the extent of information needed
  • Accessing the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluating information and its sources critically
  • Incorporating selected information into the students’ knowledge base
  • Understanding the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally.

Topics covered are published on the library's website and student portal. Students can sign up for the contact sessions online or via the Information Skilling Librarian,  

Online Information Literacy Programme

The online Information Literacy Module is developed to assist students who are unable to attend the face-to-face information literacy training sessions. Students can follow the tutorials online and complete online assessments to track their progress.
The online information literacy module content comprises eight units:
1. Defining information literacy 
2. Library organisation 
3. Information sources 
4. Research strategies 
5. Search strategies 
6. Apply strategies 
7. Plagiarism and copyright 
8. Writing and referencing

Priority Modules

The library provides assistance with at-risk students and priority module interventions by collaborating with faculties and other support services to customise and package information literacy workshops to address specific priority module concerns.