The study of U.S. elections as a part of introductory political science courses has become an increasingly difficult endeavour as students encounter the ever-changing landscape of electoral politics. Instructors seeking to equip students with the skills needed to navigate this complex terrain may look for partnerships with library faculty and staff as a means of bridging the research gap faced by students in these courses. This article examines the efficacy of a course-embedded librarian and information literacy training as a means of increasing student research confidence and competence. The findings of our quasi-experiment suggest that students participating in a course with an embedded librarian, information literacy training and an assignment based on the training session reported higher levels of research confidence and demonstrated the use and understanding of selected information literacy skills and concepts.
Repository citation: Wiebe, Todd J. and Booke, Paula, "Improving student assessments of elections: the use of information literacy and a course-embedded librarian" (2017). Faculty Publications. Paper 1443.
Published in: Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall October 1, 2017, pages 83-106. Copyright © 2017 Berghahn Journals, New York.