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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 online 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
LANG 1403 (Academic English)

LANG 1404 (Advanced Academic English)

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 researchers. It covers topics that relate to 6 stages in the research cycle. Some sessions are qualified for Professional Development Course for RPGs. Check the PDC System for status. Recordings for selected workshops are also available here

1. Search & Discovery

  • Data Discovery & Citation Workshop
  • Emerging AI Tools for Literature Review 
  • Emerging Open Science Tools for Literature Search
  • Introduction to Scite 
  • Search Research Literature

2. Data Collection & Analysis

  • Data Visualization with Tableau – An Introduction
  • Mining text with Voyant tool: an introduction 
  • Web Scraping for Non-Technical Researchers

3. Data Management

  • Data Management Plan
  • Introduction to Research Data Management 
  • Supplementary Info in PDF is Not Enough – Apply FAIR Principles to Your Data 

4. Writing

  • LaTex Workshop for RPGs
  • Reference Management Tools 

5. Publishing & Intellectual Property

  • Author Rights, Copyright & Publishing
  • Copyright and Creative Commons for Educators
  • Intellectual Property and Me
  • Open Access What Where How
  • Select the Right Journal for Publishing

6. Impact

  • 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), BrowZine & LibKey Nomad (March 2023)
  • 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 21 March 2024