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Information Literacy: Instruction for Your Classes: What Is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy: what it is, why it is important to you, and how to incorporate information literacy skills into your assignments.

What Is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is the set of critical thinking skills necessary to locate and use information effectively. 

Information literacy means knowing when you need information, knowing where to look for it, how to find it, and how to evaluate it.

Information literacy skills are required not only for class assignments but also for lifelong learning, which goes far beyond the classroom. Information literacy skills are not learned in one class session but are cumulative and are refined through practice. See Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education for more.

Information Literacy Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to define an information need in order to construct an effective research strategy.

2. Students will be able to construct an effective research strategy in order to identify and select relevant information sources.

3. Students will be able to identify and select relevant information sources in order to evaluate, synthesize and draw conclusions.

4. Students will be able to evaluate, synthesize and draw conclusions in order to analyze and interpret information.

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