Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Chemistry

Last updated April 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 Chemistry.

1. Standards and Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies and Professional Associations

ALA/ACRL/STS Task Force on Information Literacy for Science and Technology.  2006. “Information Literacy Standards for Science and Technology.” American Library Association.

American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training. 2015. Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry: ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

American Chemical Society. Education.

AAAS 2013 Science Education Standard. Science for All Americans: education for a changing future.

Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (COMACC).

2. Related Research

Shultz, Ginger V. and Jennifer M. Zemke. 2019. “I Wanna Just Google It and Find the Answer: Student Information Searching in a Problem-Based Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment” Journal of Chemical Education 96 (4): 618-628.

Walker, Martin A., and Ye Li. 2016. “Improving Information Literacy Skills through Learning To Use and Edit Wikipedia: A Chemistry Perspective” Journal of Chemical Education 93 (3): 509-515.

Flynn, Alison B., and Delphine G. Amellal. 2016. “Chemical Information Literacy: pKa Values Where Do Students Go Wrong?” Journal of Chemical Education 93 (1): 39-45.

Ferrer-Vinent, Ignacio J., Margaret Bruehl, Denise Pan, and Galin L. Jones. 2015. “Introducing Scientific Literature to Honors General Chemistry Students: Teaching Information Literacy and the Nature of Research to First-Year Chemistry Students.” Journal of Chemical Education 92 (4): 617-624.

Jones, Mary Lou Baker, and Paul G. Seybold. 2015. “Combining Chemical Information Literacy, Communication Skills, Career Preparation, Ethics, and Peer Review in a Team-Taught Chemistry Course.” Journal of Chemical Education 93 (3): 482-487.

Scalfani, Vincent F., Patrick A. Frantom, and Stephen A. Woski. 2015. “Replacing the Traditional Graduate Chemistry Literature Seminar with a Chemical Research Literacy Course.” Journal of Chemical Education 93 (3): 482-487.

Yeagley, Andrew A., Sarah E.G. Porter, Melissa C. Rhoten, and Benjamin J. Topham. 2015. “The Stepping Stone Approach to Teaching Chemical Information Skills.” Journal of Chemical Education 93 (3): 423–428.

Bruehl, Margaret, Denise Pan, and Ignacio J. Ferrer-Vinent. 2014. “Demystifying the chemistry literature: Building information literacy in first-year chemistry students through student-centered learning and experiment design.” Journal of Chemical Education 92 (1): 52-57.

Barr-Walker, Jill. 2013. “Creating an outreach program for postdoctoral scholars.” Science & Technology Libraries 32 (2): 137-144.

Fong, Bonnie L., and Darren B. Hansen. 2012.”Engaging research groups: Rethinking information literacy for graduate students.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 75.

Gawalt, Ellen S., and Barbara A. Adams. 2011. “A Chemical Information Literacy Program for First-Year Students.” Journal of Chemical Education 88 (4): 402- 407.

Tomaszewski, Robert. 2011. “A Science librarian in the laboratory: A case study.” Journal of Chemical Education 88 (6): 755-760.

Tucci, Valerie K. 2011. “Faculty/librarian collaboration: catalyst for student learning and librarian growth.” Science & Technology Libraries 30 (3): 292-305.

Jensen, Dell, Jr., Richard Narske, and Connie Ghinazzi. 2010. “Beyond chemical literature: Developing skills for chemical research literacy.” Journal of Chemical Education 87  (7): 700-702.

Garritano, Jeremy R., F. Bartow Culp, and Andrea Twiss-Brooks. 2010. “Chemical information instruction in academe: Who is leading the charge?” Journal of Chemical Education 87  (3): 340–344.

Schuetz, Carol. 2009. “Not your parents’ chemistry class: Integrating library skills into the organic chemistry lab.” College and Research Libraries News 70 (9): 522-525.

Eklund, Andrew G. and Garrrett J. McGowan. 2007. “An Effective Four-Semester, Junior-Senior Approach to a Chemistry Seminar Curriculum.” Journal of Chemical Education 84 (8): 1299-1300.

Schepmann, H. G. and L. A. Hughes. 2006. “Chemical Research Writing: A Preparatory Course for Student Capstone Research.” Journal of Chemical Education 83 (7): 1024-1028.

3. Adaptable Instructional Materials

AAAS “Science in the classroom“.

Marteel-Parrish, Anne E. and James M. Lipchock. 2018. “Preparing Chemistry Majors for the 21st Century through a Comprehensive One-Semester Course Focused on Professional Preparation, Contemporary Issues, Scientific Communication, and Research Skills.” Journal of Chemical Education 95 (1): 68-75.

Swoger, Bonnie J. M. and Eric Helms. 2016. “An Organic Chemistry Exercise in Information Literacy Using SciFinder.” Journal of Chemical Education 93 (3): 668-671.

G. E. Greco. 2016. “Chemical Information Literacy at a Liberal Arts College.” Journal of Chemical Education 93 (3): 429-433.

Jones, Mary Lou Baker, and Paul G. Seybold. 2016. “Combining Chemical Information Literacy, Communication Skills, Career Preparation, Ethics, and Peer Review in a Team-Taught Chemistry Course.” Journal of Chemical Education 93 (3): 439-443.

Fong, Bonnie L. 2014. “Searching for the formula: How librarians teach chemistry graduate students research skills.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 71.

Locknar, Angela, Rudolph Mitchell, Janet Rankin, and Donald R. Sadoway. 2012. “Integration of Information Literacy Components into a Large First-Year Lecture-Based Chemistry Course.” Journal of Chemical Education 89 (4): 487-491.

Singiser, Richard H., Caroline E. Clower and Stephen C. Burnett. 2012. “Preparing Ethical Chemists Through a Second-Year Seminar Course.” Journal of Chemical Education 89 (9): 1144-1147.

Ferrer-Vinent, Ignacio J. 2012. “Teaching SciFinder Basics to Organic Chemistry Students.” Science & Technology Libraries 31 (2): 164-179.

Walczak, Mary M. and Paul T. Jackson. 2007. “Incorporating information literacy skills into analytical chemistry: an evolutionary step.” Journal of Chemical Education 84 (8): 1385-1390.

Moran, Cristy. “Evaluating Internet Sources – Climate Change.”

Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence. “Forensics Lab.”