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Information Literacy for Science and Engineering Students
Concepts and Skills
by Mary DeJong
March 2024, 150pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7876-3
$60.95, £47, 53€, A84
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Science and engineering students need specialized training to master their disciplines’ uniquely complex and challenging information literacy skills.

This carefully paced and engaging textbook teaches science and engineering students the information literacy skills they need for college and their future careers, both of which require implementing complex concepts in scientific communication.

Students majoring in science and engineering disciplines will be entering careers in which they must be skilled at finding, evaluating, and using information. However, because mastering information literacy skills within these disciplines is uniquely complex and challenging, these students need specialized training.

This book teaches students basic skills to do well by decoding real-world information literacy problems. It also offers details about the utility, structure, and packaging of information, giving students the strong foundation they need to absorb more advanced concepts in scientific communication. Mary DeJong provides students with a compelling context and rationale for the skills they are being asked to learn, helping them learn to appreciate the value of these skills for career success. Explicit connections are made between practical information literacy skills and the threshold concepts outlined by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Most important, the book is written specifically for students, so it’s appropriately thorough, well-paced, and engaging. In fact, it’s often funny!


  • Helps science and engineering students understand foundational concepts in information literacy and scientific communication using infographics, illustrations, and real-life examples
  • Provides students with a structure for understanding information literacy concepts; each chapter is scaffolded to build upon previous concepts
  • Provides students with a transparent, frank discussion of problems they are likely to encounter when seeking information for college assignments
  • Offers content that is specifically written to engage and appeal to students at a pace, language level, and tone that meets them where they are
Mary DeJong is an associate librarian at Northern Arizona University's Cline Library. She holds a BA in history from State University of New York in Geneseo and an MLS from Rutgers University. She has 25 years of experience as a librarian in research institutions (The American Museum of Natural History Library and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Library) as well as educational institutions (George Washington University, Vassar College, and Northern Arizona University).
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