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Research assistance is available to anyone.  For ways to reach a reference librarian, click on the Ask Us button at the top of the screen or call the Reference desk at (925) 631-4624.


Instruction is provided for many courses across the curriculum, for both undergraduates and graduate students. Librarians conduct instruction sessions for departments that have identified core courses for majors where significant use of information resources are required. Individualized instruction can help classes or other small groups learn to use particular databases, devise research strategies for projects, and evaluate resources found.  

Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to

Recognize when information in needed -- to determine the nature and extent of the information needed. Access needed information effectively and efficiently via a variety of means. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into your knowledge base and value system. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.

This entails

Thinking flexibly, analytically, and creatively. Understanding the various formats and organization of information. Understanding and using effectively a variety of information technologies Analyzing and evaluating information critically. Considering the moral/ethical, legal, and socio-political issues and implications of this information. Synthesizing and using information in problem-solving and decision-making situations

These skills are interdisciplinary — they can be applied in any field.

More Information:

ACRL Information Literacy Standards and Guidelines

Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (short version)

Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (long version [pdf document])

For more information please call Margaret Brown-Salazar at (925) 631-4188

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