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Information Literacy

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Garofolo, V. (2017, November 2). Information literacy in the real world [Video]. YouTube.

What is Information Literacy?

According to the Association of College and Research Libraries (A.C.R.L.),

“Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”

A.C.R.L.. (2016). Framework for information literacy in higher education.

How We Define an Information Literate Student

Our librarians define an information literate student as one with the ability to:

  • Discern and identify information and resources that will be most useful to complete an assignment or solve a problem
  • Use technical competency to effectively and efficiently locate resources and materials using the library website, research databases, Internet search engines, and services such as interlibrary loan
  • Critically evaluate diverse resources and materials in terms of authorship, authority, point of view, and audience, and discern which sources are useful and relevant for a given situation, assignment, or problem
  • Synthesize information into meaningful results through the successful completion of writing projects, presentations, and other assignments
  • Understand the ethical implications of scholarship by engaging in discussions about intellectual property rights, plagiarism, and citation formats
  • Understand that information literacy is not only integral to academic success but also for the successful completion of work assignments and the attainment of personal goals throughout one's lifetime

Guidelines and Standards

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