Developing your students' research skills:

The Library information and digital literacy offer

IDL literacies

Information and digital literacy is a Sheffield Graduate Attribute which aims to develop students’ skills in discovering, understanding, questioning, referencing, creating and communicating information in a digital world. These pages outline how to embed information and digital literacy in your programme.

The Library can work with you, as part of a programme level approach, to embed information and digital literacy into the programme. Providing information and digital literacy support through assessment and feedback activities will help to develop your students' information and digital literacy.

The Library recommends that information and digital literacy support be embedded in the following ways:

Help students find appropriate, reliable information

Add a link to the relevant Library Subject Guide from the course menu of your Blackboard course so that students can see useful literature searching databases and other information sources for their subject.
Library Subject Guides, Instructions to add to Blackboard.

Map information and digital literacy to the programme

Give a programme level view of where IDL is developed and/or assessed, to inform the effective and timely embedding of IDL support.
Mapping template, Information and Digital Literacy Framework.

Embed online information and digital literacy tutorials and video guides

(in the VLE)

To support assessment and the development of students’ IDL skills.

Link to IDL support in your feedback

Tailor and enhance your feedback by signposting to guidance on referencing, literature searching and other IDL support as part of your feedback comments to students. When marking in Turnitin Feedback Studio you can direct your students to IDL support by using the Information and Digital Literacy Quickmark set. Once imported, the IDL Quickmarks will be available for you across all assignments you mark in Turnitin.

  1. Download IDL Quickmark set
  2. 'Save file' and download the .qms file to your computer
  3. Open a Turnitin file and go to the QuickMark library
  4. Upload the .qms file via the import option

Instructions to import the Quickmarks into your Turnitin account - see heading 'Sharing via export/import'

Signpost students to library webinars

Our programme of Information and Digital Literacy webinars.

Talk to your librarian

Each department is supported by a librarian who can work with you to develop appropriate, relevant and timely IDL support for your students. This could include co-developing and co-delivering teaching for your students, developing new online guides and videos or advising on how to use library systems.

Discuss opportunities for students to reflect on their development as an information and digitally literate individual, and how these skills are transferable across education, employment and citizenship.
Contact the librarian for your department.

Direct students to your recommended reading with an online Resource List

Create an online resource list for each module, linked from your Blackboard course, so that students can easily access recommended online resources, textbooks and other content.
Online Resource List guidance.

Information & Digital Literacy Framework

Designed to help you integrate literacy attributes throughout your degree programmes

Case Studies

Embedding information and digital literacy as part of a programme level approach

Hear what our students say

Student Associates give their views about information and digital literacies