Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Biology

Last updated May 2020

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

1. Standards and Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies & Professional Associations

ALA/ACRL/STS Task Force on Information Literacy for Science and Technology. 2006. “Information Literacy Standards for Science and Technology.”  Science & Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

National Association of Biology Teachers. 2008. “Guidelines for the Evaluation of Four-Year Undergraduate Biology.”

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). “NABT Position Statements.

2. Related Research

Bandyopadhyay, Aditi. 2013. “Measuring the Disparities between Biology Undergraduates’ Perceptions and Their Actual Knowledge of Scientific Literature with Clickers.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 39 (2): 194-201.

Brewer, Carol, and Diane Smith, editors. 2009. “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action.” (Final Report of a National Conference). American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Daniel, Kristy L. 2016. “Impacts of Active Learning on Student Outcomes in Large-Lecture Biology Courses.” The American Biology Teacher 78 (8): 651-655.

Dinkelman, Andrea.  2010. “Using course syllabi to assess research expectations of biology majors.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (60).

Ferrer-Vinent, Ignacio J., and Christy A. Carello. 2011. “The Lasting Value of an Embedded, First-Year, Biology Library Instruction Program.” Science & Technology Libraries 30 (3): 254-266.

Fuselier, Linda, and Belle Nelson. 2011. “A Test of the Efficacy of an Information Literacy Lesson in an Introductory Biology Laboratory Course with a Strong Science-Writing Component.” Science & Technology Libraries 30 (1): 58-75.

Gehring, Kathleen, and Deborah Eastman. 2008. “Information Fluency for Undergraduate Biology Majors: Applications of Inquiry-based Learning in a Developmental Biology CourseCBE Life Scienes Education 7 (1): 54-63.

Gregory, Kathleen. 2013. “Laboratory Logistics: Strategies for Integrating Information Literacy Instruction into Science Laboratory Classes.” Issues In Science And Technology Librarianship 74.

Hartman, Patricia, Renae Newhouse, and Valerie Perry. 2014. “Building a Sustainable Life Science Information Literacy Program Using the Train-the-Trainer Model.” Issues In Science And Technology Librarianship 77.

He, Yan, and Hisako Masuda. 2015. “Teaching Undergraduate Science Majors how to Read Biochemistry Primary Literature: A Flipped Classroom Approach.” Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology 4 (2): 51-57.

Henderson, Flor, Nelson Nunez-Rodriquez, and William Casari. 2011. “Enhancing research skills and information literacy in community college science students.” The American Biology Teacher 73 (5): 270-275.

Tsunekage, Toshi, Christopher R. Bishop, Casey M. Long, and Iris I. Levin. 2019.  “Integrating Information Literacy Training into an Inquiry-Based Introductory Biology Laboratory.” Journal of Biological Education.

Ward, Helena, and Julie Hockey. 2007. “Engaging the learner: Embedding information literacy skills into a biotechnology degree.” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 35 (5): 374-380.

Webb, Katy Kavanagh, and Jeanne Hoover. 2015. “Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the Academic Library: A Methodology for Mapping Multiple Means of Representation in Library Tutorials.” College & Research Libraries 76 (4): 537-553.

Winterman, Brian. 2009. “Building Better Biology Undergraduates through Information Literacy IntegrationIssues in Science and Technology Librarianship 58.

Zhang, Li. 2007. “Promoting Critical Thinking, and Information Instruction in a Biochemistry Course.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 51.