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Information Literacy @ HKBU

Learn more about information literacy and how the Library supports the development of this important set of abilities

How librarians can help: A case study

Dr. Krzysztof Sliwinski (Associate Professor, Government and International Studies), has collaborated for several years with the Library to embed information literacy into his courses. In his own words:

“I have been cooperating with the Library for many years on a number of courses, from the foundation level up to advanced, final-year undergraduate courses. In all instances I find the service offered by the Library vitally important when teaching a wide variety of academic skills and values from citation and research to integrity and responsibility.

I value the input and expertise of HKBU librarians in the process of teaching so much that part of the final grade of each and every course that I offer goes towards assignments prepared and carried out by the Library. This is, I believe, a win-win-win situation for all us involved in the process of teaching – the students, the librarian, and the lecturer.

Students have enjoyed the librarian-led tutorials year after year, which is always indicated in both the official Teaching Evaluation as well as through informal feedback.” 

Below are a couple of examples of the support the Library has offered to Dr. Sliwinski's courses:

Library assignment for POLS2130 Foundations of International Relations

Correct citation and attribution is a fundamental academic skill, yet it is something that undergraduate students often struggle with even in their senior years. The librarian led a session early in the semester on citation. Instead of focusing on mechanics, emphasis was placed on why citation is important.

To assess student ability, the librarian also set, administered, and graded a citation assignment. Another purpose of the assignment was to encourage students to make an early start on research for their term papers. It was worth 5% of the overall grade for the course.



Instruction session for POLS3760 Security Studies

The case study presentation assignment for this course requires students to include viewpoints from the alternative media. To prepare students, the librarian led a session exploring the concept of the alternative media and how to find alternative media sources.

This session is a good example of how librarians can encourage critical thinking skills in students, by asking them to reflect on the sources of information that they use in their assignments.

Information Literacy Support for E-Learning in Moodle and Blackboard

The Library offers a customizable Library Toolkit in both Moodle and Blackboard. This allows students to search OneSearch directly from the eLearning platform. Links to more specialised databases and services can also be provided - you choose the exact links. This is a great way to direct your students to high quality information relevant to your course:

To add the Library Toolkit to your Blackboard course site, simply click on the "Add Course Module" link on your Course homepage:

Then look for the Library Toolkit in the list, and click the "Add" button:

In Moodle, the Library Toolkit is always available and no extra steps are needed to enable it.

Moodle and Blackboard are of course great places to share course readings with your students. However, you should never upload PDFs of journal articles or books directly to the BU eLearning platforms, as this will often infringe copyright law.

Instead you can provide direct links to journal articles and e-books. To find out how, refer to the instructions on the Library website:

Creating Links to Electronic Resources

If you have trouble doing this, feel free to ask a librarian to help do this for you.

Although we highly recommend requesting face-to-face information literacy instruction for your students, we understand that you may not always be able to spare your limited class time to librarian-led sessions. Consider making use of our online video tutorials. These are all available via YouTube, and can be embedded in your Moodle/Blackboard course site for your students to review.

Click here for the full list of Library How-To Videos

If our existing suite of tutorials does not meet your requirements, we would be happy to create one for your. Apart from videos, HKBU librarians are also experienced in creating online assignments and interactive online tutorials.

Get in touch with us to find out more about how we can help:

Consider embedding a librarian into your Moodle or Blackboard site by giving us Teaching Assistant access. We can then help you with:

  • Setting up your Library Toolkit
  • Providing stable links to Library-subscribed electronic resources
  • Recommending relevant resources from the Library's collections
  • Embedding relevant Library E-Learning Objects into your course site
  • Directly respond to student enquiries via Moodle/Blackboard (this works really well if the librarian also leads a face-to-face instruction session during the course)


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Request Library Instruction Sessions for your Courses

HKBU librarians provide instruction sessions at the request of faculty. Below are some examples of what we offer. Make your own requests using this online form.


Librarians go beyond PowerPoint! Below is an example of a orientation created using Prezi. Wherever appropriate, librarians will make use of emerging digital tools to enhance their pedagogy.

Course-integrated instruction

We provide information literacy instruction sessions tailored to fit the needs of the course. For example, students of a course on Sino-American relations needed to write a term paper that made use of primary sources. The librarian prepared a session that addressed two learning outcomes: (1) Effective use of appropriate search tools (including Library-subscribed databases) to find relevant primary sources, and (2) How to construct citations for primary sources. The resulting presentation is shown below.

Librarians will work closely with you to determine how best they can support your students in achieving the intended learning outcomes of your course.