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Central to the mission of the UO Libraries are our instructional goals

University of Oregon Libraries Learning Goals and Objectives

In its Mission Statement, the University of Oregon notes that:  As a community of scholars, we help individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.”  The University of Oregon Libraries plays a vital role in assisting the University of Oregon achieve this goal.  Strategically placed to assist faculty, researchers, staff, and students in all endeavors related to their UO work and beyond.  Key to the UO Libraries mission is to be an integral part of the education of students.  To that end, our goals and objectives align perfectly with the UO mission to “help individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.”

Your subject specialist librarian can work with you to develop dynamic learning experiences to incorporate these goals and objectives into your courses. 

Goal 1.  Research as Conversation: Understanding the nature of information

  1. Considers diverse perspectives and sources when choosing a research strategy and materials.
  2. Undertakes research as an iterative process and that refinement and modification are part of that process.
  3. Recognizes that information production and dissemination differs across academic disciplines.
  4. Identifies experts for help when seeking further information.

Goal 2. Critical Thinking: Process of finding and evaluating information

  1. Uses tools and criteria used to evaluate material for relevance to topic and credibility.
  2. Develops an effective research question and can translate that question to a research strategy.
  3. Recognize the diverse cultural, physical, social, and historical contexts of an information source in order to understand how they influence the content. (via PSU)
  4. Creates a search strategy that takes into account how language and search algorithms affect search results.

Goal 3.  Ethical Use: Understanding and using information properly

  1. Recognize that intellectual property is a legal and social construct that varies by culture.
  2. Represents the works of others appropriately by properly citing and crediting

Goal 4.  Knowledge Organization and Creation: The process and product of creating new information

  1. When choosing an avenue for their work, considers audience, intent, and medium.
  2. Synthesizes resources to create new knowledge or articulate an informed viewpoint.
  3. Develops an organized method for storing and retrieving collected resources.


Session Topic Examples:

  • Overview of relevant library resources
  • Defining and narrowing a research topic
  • Developing effective search strategies
  • Finding books
  • Finding journal articles & peer review
  • Finding high quality Internet resources
  • Critical evaluation of resources
  • Citing sources & plagiarism
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Special Collections materials
  • Specialized resources
    such as GIS, data management, bibliographic management software (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)


Information for specific instruction scenarios:

First-Year Interest Group (FIG) Instruction

Schools & Community Group Instruction



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