Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Rhetoric & Composition Studies

Last updated May 2018

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 rhetoric and composition studies.

1. Standards or Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies and Professional Associations

ALA/ACRL/Literatures in English Section. Research Competency Guidelines for Literatures in English. Literatures in English Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. 

National Council for Teachers of English. “Principles 5, 7, 8, 9, & 10.” Principles for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing. National Council for Teachers of English. positions/postsecondarywriting

National Council for Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. “Standards 7 & 8.” Standards for the English Language Arts. National Council for Teachers of English.

Council of Writing Program Administrators. “Critical Thinking, Reading, and Composing.” WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition. Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Council of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and National Writing Project. “Developing Critical Thinking Through Writing, Reading, and Research.” Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. Council of Writing Program Administrators.

2. Related Research

Alfino, Mark, Michele Pajer, Linda Pierce, and Kelly O’Brien Jenks.  “Advancing Critical Thinking and Information Literacy Skills in First Year College Students.” College & Research Libraries 15, no.1/2 (2008): 81-98.

Artman, Margaret, Erica Frisicaro-Pawlowski, and Robert Monge. “Not Just One Shot: Extending the Dialogue about Information Literacy in Composition Classes.” Composition Studies 38, no.2 (2010): 93-109. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed July 13, 2012).

Barratt, Caroline Cason, Kristin Nielsen, Christy Desmet, and Ron Balthazor. “Collaboration Is Key: Librarians and Composition Instructors Analyze Student Research and Writing.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 9, no.1 (2009): 37–56.

Birmingham, Elizabeth, Chinwongs, Luc, Flaspohler, Molly R., Hearn, Carly, Kvanvig, Danielle, and Portmann, Ronda. “Perceptions of Students’ Information Literacy Competencies, and a Call for a Collaborative Approach.” Communications In Information Literacy 2, no.1 (2008): 6-24.

Brady, Laura, Singh-Corcoran, Nathalie, Dadisman, Jo Ann, and Diamond, Kelly. “A Collaborative Approach to Information Literacy: First-Year Composition, Writing Center, and Library Partnerships at West Virginia University.” Composition Forum 19 (Spring 2009): 1-18.

Bronshteyn, Karen, and Rita Baladad.  “Librarians as Writing Instructors: using Paraphrasing Exercises to Teach Beginning Information Literacy Students.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 32, no.5 (2006): 533-536.

Burgoyne, Mary Beth and Chuppa-Cornell, Kim. “Beyond Embedded: Creating an Online-Learning Community Integrating Information Literacy and Composition Courses.” Journal of Academic Librarianship In press (2015)

Cannon, Kelly, and Jennifer Jarson. “Information Literacy and Writing Tutor Training at a Liberal Arts College.” Communications In Information Literacy 3, no. 1 (March 2009): 45-57. Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost (accessed June 18, 2015).

Clark, Irene. Information Literacy and the Writing Center. Computers and Composition 12 no.2 (1995): 203-209.

Coffey, Daniel P. “A Discipline’s Composition: A Citation Analysis of Composition Studies. Journal of Academic Librarianship 32, no.2 (2006): 155-165.

Corbett, Patrick. 2010. What about the “Google Effect”? Improving the Library Research Habits of First-Year Composition Students. Teaching English In The Two Year College 37 (3): 265-277. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed July 13, 2012).

Davidson, Cathy N. “Them Versus Us (and Which One of ‘Them’ Is Me?).” Profession (2000) 97-108.

Deitering, Anne-Marie and Jameson, Sara. “Step by Step through the Scholarly Conversation: A Collaborative Library/Writing Faculty Project to Embed Information Literacy and Promote Critical Thinking in First Year Composition at Oregon State University.” College & Undergraduate Libraries 15, no.1/2 (2008): 57-79

Elmborg, James, and Sheril Hook. Centers for Learning: Libraries and Writing Centers in Collaboration. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005.

Elmborg, James. “Information Literacy and Writing Across the Curriculum: Sharing the Vision.” Reference Services Review 31 no.1 (2003): 68-80.

Fielding, Jennifer, Hans, Julia, Mabee, Frank, Tracy, Kisha, Consalvo, Annamary, and Craig, Layne. “Integrated Information Literacy and Student Outcomes in Foundational First-Year Writing.” Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness 3, no.2 (2013): 106-139.

Gaunt, Marianne I., and Stan Nash. “Expository Writing and Information Literacy: A Pilot Project.” New Directions for Higher Education 20  no.2 (1992): 83-90.

Holliday, Wendy, and Britt Fagerheim. “Integrating Information Literacy With a Sequenced English Composition Curriculum.” portal: Libraries & the Academy 6, no.2 (2006): 169-184.

Holliday, Wendy and Jim Rogers. “Talking About Information Literacy: The Mediating Role of Discourse in a College Writing Classroom.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 13, no. 3 (2013): 257-271. (accessed December 1, 2015).

Hoppner, Kristina D.C., Nicolina Lomb, and Udoka Ogbue. “From Digital Literacy to Information Literacy: The Establishment of the “Basics of Information Competence” Program in English and American Studies.” Anglistik und Englischunterricht 68 (2006): 235-260.

Houlson, Van. “Getting Results from One-Shot Instruction: A Workshop for First-Year Students.” College & Research Libraries 14 no.1 (2007):89-108.

Isbell, Dennis, & Broaddus, Dorothy. 1995. Teaching Writing and Research as Inseparable: A Faculty-Librarian Teaching Team. Reference Services Review 23(4): 51-62.

Jacobs, Heidi L.M. “Information Literacy and Reflective Pedagogical Praxis.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 34 no.3 (2008): 256-262.

Jacobs, Heidi L.M., and Dale Jacobs. “Transforming the One-Shot Library Session into Pedagogical Collaboration: Information Literacy and the English Composition Class.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, 49, no.1 (2009): 72-82 EBSCOhost (accessed June 18, 2015).

Kautzman, Amy M. “Teaching Critical Thinking: The Alliance of Composition Studies and Research Instruction.” Reference Services Review 24 no.3 (1996): 61-66.

Kennedy, Colleen. “Teaching Information Literacy to the Advanced Writing Class in Three Sessions.” Electronic Journal of Academic & Special Librarianship 6 no. 1/2 (2005). (accessed July 13, 2012).

Kraemer, Elizabeth W., Shawn V. Lombardo, and Frank J. Lepkowski. 2007. The Librarian, the Machine, or a Little of Both: A Comparative Study of Three Information Literacy Pedagogies at Oakland University. College & Research Libraries 68 (4): 330-342.

McClure, Randall, Cooke, Rachel, and Carlin, Anna. “The Search for the Skunk Ape: Studying the Impact of an Online Information Literacy Tutorial on Student Writing.” Journal of Information Literacy 5, no.2 (2011): 26-45.

Mills, Vickie and Sult, Leslie. “A blended method for integrating information literacy instruction into English composition classes.” Reference Services Review 34, no.3 (2006): 368-388.

Mounce, Michael. “Academic Librarian and English Composition Instructor Collaboration: A Selective Annotated Bibliography 1998-2007.” Reference Services Review 37 no.1 (2009): 44-53.

Nagelhout, Ed. “Pre-Professional Practices in the Technical Writing Classroom.” Technical Communications Quarterly 8 no.3 (1999): 285.

Norgaard, Rolf, Lori Arp, and Beth Woodard. “Writing information literacy in the classroom.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 43, no. 3 (2004): 220-226.

O’Connor, Lisa, Melissa Bowles-Terry, Erin Davis, and Wendy Holliday. 2010. Writing Information Literacy: Revisited Application of Theory to Practice in the Classroom. Reference & User Services Quarterly 49 (3): 225-230. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed July 13, 2012).

Ovadia, Steven. “Writing as an Information Literacy Tool: Bringing Writing in the Disciplines to an Online Library Class.” Journal Of Library Administration 50 no. 7/8 (2010): 899-908. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed July 13, 2012).

Palsson, Felicia and McDade, Carrie L. “Factors Affecting the Successful Implementation of a Common Assignment for First-Year Composition Information Literacy.” College & Undergraduate Libraries 21, no.2 (2014): 193-209.

Patterson, David. “Information Literacy and Community College Students: Using New Approaches to Literacy Theory to Produce Equity.” Library Quarterly 79 no.3 (2009): 343–361.

Rinto, Erin E. and Cogbill-Seiders, Elisa I. “Library Instruction and Themed Composition Courses: An Investigation of Factors that Impact Student Learning.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 41, no.2 (2015): 14-20.

Sabatino, Lindsay. “Improving Writing Literacies through Digital Gaming Literacies: Facebook Gaming in the Composition Classroom.” Computers and Composition 32 (June 1, 2014):41-53

Samson, Sue, & Michelle S. Millett “The Learning Environment: First-Year Students, Teaching Assistants, and Information Literacy.” Research Strategies 19 no.2 (2003): 84-98.

Sheridan, Jean. “WAC and Libraries: A Look at the Literature.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 18 no.2 (1992): 90-94.

Sult, Leslie, Vicki Mills. “A Blended Method for Integrating Information Literacy Instruction into English Composition Classes.” Reference Services Review 34 no.3 (2006): 368-388.

Sweeney, Meghan. “The Wikipedia Project: Changing Students from Consumers to Producers.” Teaching English In The Two-Year College 39, no.3 (March 1, 2012): 256-267 ERIC EBSCOhost (accessed November 23, 2015)

Taylor, Rhonda Harris and Lotsee Patterson. “Getting the “Indian” out of the cupboard: Using information literacy to promote critical thinking.” Teacher Librarian 28 no.2 (2000): 9.

Watson, Alex P. 2012. Still a Mixed Bag: A Study of First-Year Composition Students’ Internet Citations at the University of Mississippi. Reference Services Review 40 (1): 125-137. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed June 12, 2013).

Watson, Shevaun, Rex, Cathy, Markgraf, Jill, Kishel, Hans, Jennings, Eric, and Hinnant, Kate. “Revising the “One-Shot” through Lesson Study: Collaborating with Writing Faculty to Rebuild a Library Instruction Session.” College & Research Libraries 74, no.4 (2013): 381-398.

Zahua, Janelle. “Peering Into the Writing Center: Information Literacy as a collaborative conversation.” Communications In Information Literacy 8 no.1 (March 2014):1

Zoetewey, Meredith W., Staggers, Julie. “Beyond “Current-Traditional” Design: Assessing Rhetoric in New Media.” Issues in Writing 13 no.2 (2003): 133-57.


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