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Information & Data Literacy Program

What is Information and Data Literacy?

Information and data literacy is a vital set of skills and self-reflective mindsets that enables people to:

  • Ask good research questions;
  • Identify what information or data they want to find to help answer those questions;
  • Use appropriate search tools and methods  to seek useful and valid information and data;
  • Evaluate what they find prudently; select and then;
  • Use it effectively and ethically to create new information, data, knowledge, insights, or wisdom.

The Library’s Research and Learning Support team has an information and data literacy program, based on a set of intended learning outcomes (ILOs) which offers a mixture of workshops and self-directed learning materials (Library Guides, e-learning videos & games) to both undergraduates and postgraduates. 

The Library Data Analytics page provides data on workshops delivered and data on the Library’s e-learning videos and game use.

Want to arrange a library workshop or Guide?  Email the Learning Support Manager, Eunice Wong, or contact one of the subject librarians to arrange information and data literacy support, to embed in your program or course.


Undergraduate (UG) Program

To develop information and data literacy (research skills), the Research and Learning Support team works closely with university offices, programs, and individual faculty members to embed library instructions in undergraduate programs and courses. 

New Students in DSTO’s New Student Orientation

  • Make new students familiar with information environment, search tools & services available at a research institute 

All Schools

Year 1 & Common Core Courses

  • Lay the foundations for ALL UGs on searching, evaluating, and using reliable information and data
  • Work closely with CLE’s LANG program leaders
CORE 1403 (Academic English)

CORE 1404 (Advanced Academic English)

CORE 1202 (Common Core S&T)

CENG 1600 (Common Core S&T)

Year 2 & 3

  • Build up students’ ability to navigate and use the information environment in their subject disciplines
  • Via both LANG and subject instruction






ECON 3700

MGMT 2110

MGMT 2010

LANG 2010

PHYS 2080

LANG 2030


LANG 2070

LANG 3070

SOSC 2140

Year 4 – FYP / Capstone Courses

  • Build on previous learning to enable students to do independent research in their disciplines and start to contribute knowledge to their fields
MGMT 4230

MGMT 4250

CHEM 4689

CHEM 4691

ENVR 4350



Some of these collaborations are “deep” collaboration, using methods such as multiple workshops, students submitting required research plans and having coaching sessions with librarians, and librarian-faculty member shared assessment of student work, with intended learning outcomes (ILOs). The Library also developed a rubric for assessing student’s ILOs in information literacy.


Postgraduate (PG) Program

The Researchers’ Series is the Library’s program for postgraduates and researchers. It covers topics that relate to efficient management of research process in 4 themes (Authorship, Copyright, Data, and Impact). Some sessions are qualified for Professional Development Course for RPGs. Recordings for selected workshops are also available here

Examples of Researchers’ Series workshops


  • Emerging Open Science Tools for Literature Search
  • Reference Management Tools
  • Select the Right Journals for Publishing


  • Academic Integrity & Intellectual Property
  • Author Rights, Copyright & Publishing
  • Open Access What Where How


  • Data Disaster Prevention
  • Data Management Plan
  • Data Visualization with Tableau – An Introduction
  • Supplementary Info in PDF is Not Enough – Apply FAIR Principles to Your Chemical Data


  • Altmetric for Researchers
  • Making an Impact – Tracking Your Research Metrics


Open Workshops

Research & Learning Support team also offers a variety of open workshops to the entire HKUST community on different databases or topics. Stay tuned to our workshop announcements on Library webpage and University’s Calendar. The Library also collaborates with JULAC (a consortium of university libraries in Hong Kong) and database vendors to deliver workshops. Some collaborations include:

  • E-Discovery Week – A library event that aims to promote high-quality e-resources available to the HKUST community.
  • JULAC Webinar Series: CNKI (2022), Factiva (2022)
  • InfoLit for U – an open online information literacy course created by JULAC libraries with support of UGC teaching & learning funding.
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last modified 17 March 2023