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Information Literacy at Guttman: A Faculty Toolkit

Use this guide to locate information literacy lessons you can adapt for your courses.

Using Databases (with Research Log)

This activity shows students how to match their information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools. In this case, students are learning how to find and use academic databases in order to locate resources that are relevant to their academic research assignment.

Selecting Databases (Google vs. OneSearch)

This lesson assumes a “flipped” classroom scenario. Students do a search activity as homework in order to participate in a class discussion/activity. Use this lesson when you are helping students learn how to distinguish between resources in order to select sources for their research. 

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New York Times Digital ( Subscription Instructions


How to Register for Your Free Academic Pass:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Create Account” to create a account using your or email address. If you already have a NYTimes account (free or paid) tied to your CUNY email, you need to unlink your CUNY email from that account before signing up for your Academic Pass. Log in to, click your username in the top right corner, select “My Account,” and replace your CUNY address with a non-CUNY one. You can then use your CUNY address to register for your pass.
  3. After creating your account, you will be prompted to check your email. Look for the confirmation message, which should arrive within 15 minutes.
  4. Click the link in the confirmation email. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass, which will provide access to for 52 weeks.
  5. If you don’t get the confirmation email, check your spam filter. If you still do not receive it, send an email from your CUNY email account to

Annual Renewals and Ongoing Use: Once you have activated your Academic Pass, you should have full access for 52 weeks (364 days) with no further action on your part. If you see a message that you are reaching the limit of free articles on the site, you’re probably not logged in. Simply log back in and this will activate another renewal for an additional 364 day cycle.

Wall Street Journal Digital ( Subscription Instructions


How to Register for Your Wall Street Journal Pass:

  1. Click here to register.
  2. Complete the form with your personal information, using your CUNY email address
  3. Then enjoy full access the Wall Street Journal at or access via WSJ apps

Smartphone Apps: Your Academic Pass includes access to the WSJ smartphone apps (use your CUNY email and the password you chose when you registered). Also, once you have registered your membership, you can access on most web-capable devices.

Ongoing Use:

  • Faculty and Staff Membership: All professors & staff retain WSJ pass for one year after activating. After that, they will have to re-activate their membership.
  • Student Membership: When a student activates their membership, they are required to input their graduation date & year. This is their membership expiration date. If they graduate later than expected and lose access, they can re-activate their membership.

Cancelling a Personal Subscription: Call 1-800-JOURNAL (1-800-568-7625) to switch from a paid membership to a CUNY membership (and for a refund of your remaining balance).

Please take advantage of this fantastic offer, and spread the word among your CUNY colleagues!