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WVU Institute of Technology


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Searching for information and using that information appropriately is an essential part of every engineering design project. It has been reported that design engineers spend about 30% of their time searching for information. Experience shows that even senior level students have not received proper training, either directly or indirectly, in information literacy (IL). They usually search for information intuitively. For mechanical and aerospace engineering students at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech), the Mechanical Engineering System Design I and II courses (MAE 480 and 481) are probably the last chance to teach students about IL. In this project, the information literacy outcomes were added to the course syllabus and activities and assignments were designed to instruct and evaluate IL- related skills. Three librarians from West Virginia University and WVU Tech were integrated into this course, each of which provided a workshop to present different IL skills to the students. The students’ feedback and course evaluation tools have confirmed an improvement in the IL related skills in the students.

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Zabihian, F., & Strife, M. L., & Armour-Gemmen, M. G. (2015, June), Integration of Information Literacy Skills to Mechanical Engineering Capstone Projects Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24335



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