Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Political Science & Government

Last updated May 2017

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education for Political Science & Government.

  1. Accrediting Agencies & Professional Associations

ALA/ACRL/LPSS Education Task Force. Political Science Research Competency Guidelines. Law and Political Science Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. (accessed June 24, 2013).

  1. Related Research

    Asher, Curt, Hua Yi, and Shayne Knapp. “Effective instruction needed to improve students’ use of government documents.” Journal of Government Information 29 no. 5 (September/October 2005): 293-301.  (accessed November 23, 2015)

    Bernstein, Jeffery L. 2010. Using “think-alouds” to understand variations in political thinking.  Journal of Political Science Education 6(1), 49-69.

    The Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois. Global News Village 13 July 2005, University of Illinois Library, available from (accessed June 20, 2015).

    Braunstein, Stephanie and Mitchell J. Fontenot. 2010. Along a continuum: Moving in theory and practice through the collaborative to the transformative in teaching college and university students to use government documents in research.  Collaborative Librarianship 2(3), 147-153. (accessed April 2, 2017).

    Brunvand, Amy and Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol. “Undergraduate use of government information: What citation studies tell us about instruction strategies.”  portal: Libraries and the Academy 8 no.2 (2008): 197-209.

    Downie, Judith A.”Instruction design collaborations with government information specialists: Opening the conversation.” Reference Services Review 35 no.1 (2007): 123-136.

    Downie, Judith A. 2004. “The current information literacy instruction environment for government documents (pt 1).”  DttP: Documents to the People 32 no.2(2004): 36-39.

    Gilbert, Julie K., Katherine Knutson, and Christopher P. Gilbert. “Adding an Integrated Library Component to an Undergraduate Research Methods Course.” PS: Political Science and Politics 45 no.1 (January 2012): 112-118 (accessed November 23, 2015)

    Hendley, Michelle. “Citation Behavior of Undergraduate Students: A Study of History, Political Science, and Sociology Papers.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 31 no.2 (April 2012): 96-111 (accessed December 2, 2015)

    Hill, Kim Quaile. “Myths about the physical sciences and their implications for teaching political science.” PS: Political Science & Politics 37 no.3(2004): 467-471.

    Hinchliffe, Lisa Janicke, Dawn M. Schmitz. “Digital news: Key to global literacy and information literacy education.” Paper presented at World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council, Seoul, August 2006.

    Hogenboom, Karen. “Going beyond .gov: Using government information to teach evaluation of sources.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 5 no.4 (2005): 455-466.

    Hogenboom, Karen & Stephen Woods. “Choosing the right approach: Three models for teaching government information sources.” Research Strategies 20 no.4 (2005): 397-408.

    Hollens, Deborah. “Documents to the freshmen! Early exploration of government publications.” DttP : Documents to the People 32 no.4 (2004): 15-17.

    Kauhanen-Simanainen, Anne. “Collaborative information literacy by government.” IFLA Journal 31 no.2 (2005): 183-187.

    Marfleet, B. Gregory & Brian J. Dille. “Information literacy and the undergraduate methods curriculum.” Journal of Political Science Education 1 no.2 (2005): 175-190.

    Rogers, Emily. “Teaching Government Information in Information Literacy Credit Classes.” Georgia Library Quarterly 50 no.1 (Winter 2013) EBSCOhost (accessed November 23, 2015)

    Scales, B. Jane, and Marilyn Von Seggren. “Experiencing the Assessment Cycle: Government Document Instruction to Undergraduates.” Dttp: Documents to the People 38 no.3 (Fall 2010):22-26 EBSCOhost (accessed November 23, 2015)

    Stevens, Christy R. and Patricia J. Campbell. “Collaborating with librarians to develop lower division political science students’ information literacy competencies.”  Journal of Political Science Education 4 no.2 (2008): 225-252.

    Stevens, Christy R. and Patricia J. Campbell. “Collaborating to connect global citizenship, information literacy, and lifelong learning in the global studies classroom.” Reference Services Review 34 no.4 (2006): 536-556.

    Von Seggern, Marilyn, and B. Jane Scales. “The Assessment Cycle: Improving Learning and Teaching in Government Documents Instruction.” Dttp: Documents to the People 37 no. 3 (Fall 2009): 31-35 EBSCOhost (accessed December 2, 2015)

    Williams, Michelle H. and Jocelyn J. Evans. 2008. “Factors in information literacy education.”  Journal of Political Science Education 4 no.1 (2008): 116-130.

    Williams, Michelle H., Kymberly Anne Goodson, & W. Gary Howard. “Weighing the research paper option: The difference that information literacy skills can make.” PS: Political Science & Politics 39 no.3(2006): 513-519.

    Williamson, Jonathan, and Alison S. Gregory. “Problem-Based Learning in Introductory Politics Classes.” Journal of Political Science Education 6 no.3 (July 2010): 274-296 (accessed November 23, 2015)

    Wilson, Ellen K., and Jeffrey M. Blankenship. (“Integrating Information Literacy Instruction in an Upper-Division Writing-Intensive Class.” Southeastern Librarian 58 no. 3 (Fall 2010): 20-27 EBSCOhost (accessed December 2, 2015)

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