Information Literacy in the Disciplines: English Language & Literature

Last updated April 2020

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 in English Language & Literature.

1. Standards and Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies and Professional Associations

Literatures in English Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. 2007. Research Competency Guidelines for Literatures in English. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2007.

National Council for Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. 2012. Standards 7 & 8 of NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. National Council for Teachers of English.

2. Related Research

Baird, Catherine, and Jonathan Howell. 2017. “Exploring Authority in Linguistics Research: Who to Trust When Everyone’s a Language Expert.” In Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts, edited by Samantha Godbey, Susan Beth Wainscott, and Xan Goodman. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. 

Conteh-Morgan, Miriam. 2008. “Reading African Women’s Writing: The Role of Librarians in Expanding the Canon.” Reference Librarian 42 (87/88): 163-178.

Carillo, Ellen C. 2019. MLA Guide to Digital Literacy. New York: Modern Language Association of America.

Diab, Carly. 2019. “Excavating Visual Texts: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, and the Graphic Novel in the Crime Fiction Classroom.” In Comics and Critical Librarianship: Reframing the Narrative in Academic Libraries, edited by Olivia Piepmeier and Stephanie Grimm, 275-289.  Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Fash, Lydia G. 2017. “Information Literacy in the American Literature Classroom.” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 27 (2): 195-201.

Getty, Amy, and Dan Chibnall. 2013. “Skillful Scaffolding: Using Information Literacy Techniques to Enhance Literature Studies.” Currents in Teaching and Learning 6 (1): 53-65.

Green, Harriett E., and Rachel A. Fleming-May. 2015. “Humanities Librarians and Virtual Verse: Changing Collections and User Services for Online Literature.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 41 (4): 457-465.

Hultgren, Frances. 2013. “The Stranger’s Tale: Information Seeking as an Outsider Activity.” Journal of Documentation 69 (2): 275-294.

Johnson, Kathleen A., and Steven R. Harris. 2009. Teaching Literary Research: Challenges in a Changing Environment. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Kortemeier, Sarah. 2019. “The List and the Spine: Poetry, Information Literacy, and Motivation.” In Motivating Students on a Time Budget: Pedagogical Frames and Lesson Plans for In-Person and Online Information Literacy Instruction, edited by Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby, 213-233. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Leibiger, Carol A. 2018. “Freshman English Information Literacy Instructor’s Guide.” University of South Dakota.

Lloyd, Annemaree, Mary Anne Kennan, Kim M. Thompson, and Asim Qayyum. 2018. “Connecting With New Information Landscapes: Information Literacy Practices of Refugees.” Journal of Documentation 69 (1): 121-144.

Mazella, David, and Julie Grob. 2011. “Collaborations Between Faculty and Special Collections Librarians in Inquiry-Driven Classes.” Portal: Libraries & the Academy 11 (1): 467-487.

Mazella, David, Laura Heidel, and Irene Ke. 2011. “Integrating Reading, Information Literacy, and Literary Studies Instruction in a Three-Way Collaboration.” The Learning Assistance Review 16 (2): 41-53.

Rapchak, Marcia, and Ava Cipri. 2015. “Standing Alone No More: Linking Research to a Writing Course in a Learning Community.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy 15 (4): 661-675.

Witte, Shelbie, Don Latham, and Melissa Gross, eds. 2019. Literacy Engagement Through Peritextual Analysis. Chicago: ALA Editions.

Zauha, Janelle M. 2013. “English Literature.” In Information Literacy Instruction that Works, 2nd ed, edited by Patrick Ragains, 99-123. Chicago: Neal-Schuman.

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