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Information Literacy at Belmont: FYS 2022-23

Belmont's Information Literacy program. Information for faculty.

Information Literacy for FYS

The instruction librarians look forward to working with you and your students on their argument papers! 

Goals for information literacy instruction for FYS:

  • Introduce students to the physical and online library
  • Teach students to evaluate information in order to select sources that are both substantial and useful for the argument paper

Please email with any questions you have and to schedule a session. 

Instruction Plan Options - Choose one or both!

1. Online Scavenger Hunt   

  • Introduce students to the library, the building, the website, how to find a book, how to find a journal article, etc.
  • Students will complete a self-paced online scavenger hunt. They can download a certificate of completion at the end and upload to Blackboard for participation credit if you like, or we can send you a report of your students' completion. 
  • Assign the hunt at the beginning of the semester or just before beginning the argument paper assignment
  • Link to the hunt: 

2. Evaluating Information Activity  

  • Librarian-led, in-class activity providing students the opportunity to practice evaluating different types of information sources together in groups 
  • Format: In person in the library's new classroom (Room 300, 3rd floor), online through Zoom, or hyflex options available 
  • We will analyze a couple of the sources cited in "The Culture of Contempt" from the Anthology in order to see how another writer utilizes a variety of sources to support an argument. Please assign the "Culture of Contempt" reading prior to scheduling library instruction. 
  • After analyzing the sources, we will briefly demonstrate how to search for a variety of source types related to the reading in OneSearch. 

Scaffold the Argument Paper: A Toolkit of Assignments

Do you need help designing your argument paper? The librarians worked with 2 FYS faculty to create a toolkit of scaffolded assignments that will guide students through the process of research and writing. Feel free to use and modify the assignments to fit your needs. 

Scaffold the Argument Paper: A Toolkit of Assignments     

If you are interesting in collaborating with a librarian to use the BEAM method as a way to design and assess assignments, please email We see potential in using BEAM as a way to help students think differently about how they write from sources. 


Want to learn more about the BEAM method?

An introduction to BEAM