Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Reference Services and Workshops
We offer a range of reference services to SUA students, faculty, and staff. Whether it is helping you find something or digging deep into the research process and its various components, we are here to assist you with whatever your information or library service needs may be.
You may contact us for a quick consult or a longer individualized session via MS Teams Chat, email, e-request forms, or phone. We welcome any method of communication and will respond to each in a timely manner.
Additionally, the library offers information literacy workshops that focus on various research strategies and skills. They are usually held in the library’s instruction room, Gandhi 303. During our COVID shut-down, we will offer virtual workshops as well as online tutorials to assist with your research needs.
Research Consultation Request
Make an appointment with a Reference Librarian and get personalized help
Connect with librarians via MS Teams Chat/Text for assistance with research or any questions you may have.
Jennifer Tirrell, Instruction and Assessment Librarian
firstname.lastname@example.org / (949) 480-4320 / Library 2nd floor
Hiroko Tomono, Director of the Library
email@example.com / (949) 480-4116 / Library 2nd floor
Mitsu "Eric" Kimura, University Archivist
firstname.lastname@example.org / (949) 480-4070 / Library 3rd floor (308)
Hanako Redrick, Library Assistant for Archives
email@example.com / (949) 480-4121 / Library 2nd floor
Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
The Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) designed a framework in 2016 that consists of six core concepts which lay out the knowledge and skills set that an information literate person possesses. These frames center around ideas, conceptual understandings, and learning goals associated with information, research and scholarship. Since research is a cyclical process, the frames are not in any prescribed order and are listed below with their general descriptions. Please click on the above link for more information about the frames, particularly the knowledge practices and dispositions for each one.
- Authority is Constructed and Contextual
Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.
- Information Creation as a Process
Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.
- Information has Value
Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.
- Research as Inquiry
Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.
- Scholarship as Conversation
Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.
- Searching as Strategic Exploration
Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.