Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Political Science & Government

Last updated May 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 for Political Science & Government.

  1. Standards and Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies & Professional Associations

Association of College and Research Libraries Politics, Policy and International Relations Section. 2008. “Political Science Research Competency Guidelines.

  1. Related Research

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

    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.

    Brunvand, Amy and Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol. 2008. “Undergraduate use of government information: What citation studies tell us about instruction strategies.”  portal: Libraries and the Academy 8 (2): 197-209.

    Downie, Judith A. 2007.”Instruction design collaborations with government information specialists: Opening the conversation.” Reference Services Review 35 (1): 123-136.

    Downie, Judith A. 2004. “The current information literacy instruction environment for government documents (pt 1).”  DttP: Documents to the People 32 (2): 36-39.

    Downie, Judith A. 2004. “The current information literacy instruction environment for government documents (pt 2).”  DttP: Documents to the People 32 (3): 36-39.

    Gilbert, Julie K., Katherine Knutson, and Christopher P. Gilbert. 2012. “Adding an Integrated Library Component to an Undergraduate Research Methods Course.” PS: Political Science and Politics 45 (1): 112-118.

    Harden, Melissa, and Jeffrey J. Harden. 2020. “Embedding the New Information Literacy Framework in Undergraduate Political Science Courses.” PS: Political Science & Politics 53 (2): 344–48.

    Hendley, Michelle. 2012. “Citation Behavior of Undergraduate Students: A Study of History, Political Science, and Sociology Papers.” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 31 (2): 96-111.

    Hogenboom, Karen. 2005. “Going beyond .gov: Using government information to teach evaluation of sources.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 5 (4): 455-466.

    Hogenboom, Karen & Stephen Woods. 2005. “Choosing the right approach: Three models for teaching government information sources.” Research Strategies 20 (4):  397-408.

    Marfleet, B. Gregory & Brian J. Dille. 2005. “Information literacy and the undergraduate methods curriculum.” Journal of Political Science Education 1 (2): 175-190.

    Pautz, Michelle C., and Heidi Gauder. 2017. “Undergraduate Research Needs: Faculty-Librarian Collaboration to Improve Information Literacy in Policy Papers.” Journal of Public Affairs Education 23 (4).

    Scales, B. Jane, and Marilyn Von Seggren. 2010. “Experiencing the Assessment Cycle: Government Document Instruction to Undergraduates.” Dttp: Documents to the People 38 (3): 22-26.

    Stevens, Christy R. and Patricia J. Campbell. 2008. “Collaborating with librarians to develop lower division political science students’ information literacy competencies.”  Journal of Political Science Education 4 (2): 225-252.

    Stevens, Christy R. and Patricia J. Campbell. 2006. “Collaborating to connect global citizenship, information literacy, and lifelong learning in the global studies classroom.” Reference Services Review 34 (4): 536-556.

    Williams, Michelle H. and Jocelyn J. Evans. 2008. “Factors in information literacy education.”  Journal of Political Science Education 4 (91): 116-130.

    Williams, Michelle H., Kymberly Anne Goodson, & W. Gary Howard. 2006. “Weighing the research paper option: The difference that information literacy skills can make.” PS: Political Science & Politics 39 (3): 513-519.

    Williamson, Jonathan, and Alison S. Gregory. 2010. “Problem-Based Learning in Introductory Politics Classes.” Journal of Political Science Education 6 (3): 274-296.

    Wilson, Ellen K., and Jeffrey M. Blankenship. 2015. “Integrating Information Literacy Instruction in an Upper-Division Writing-Intensive Class.” Southeastern Librarian 58 (3): 20-27.

  2. Adaptable Instructional Materials

Community of Online Research Assignments. 2016. “American Political Science Association Syllabi Project.” Accessed April 27, 2020.

Conner-Gaten, Aisha. 2020. “Politics of Citation Discussion Activity.” Community of Online Research Assignments. Accessed April 27, 2020.

Hubbard, Melanie. 2018. “Evolution of International Policy and Policy Areas.” Community of Online Research Assignments.  Accessed April 27, 2020.

Jarvis, Jason. 2017. “Twitter Politics – Metaphor, Enthymeme + Trump.” Community of Online Research Assignments. Accessed April 27, 2020.

Oehrli, Jo Angela. 2018. “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction.” Community of Online Research Assignments. Accessed April 27, 2020.

University of Illinois. 2005. “Global News Village” Accessed June 20, 2015.

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