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Information Literacy

Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information you need, understanding how the information is organized, identifying the best sources of information for your needs, locating sources, evaluating sources critically, and sharing that information. It is one of the most important set of skills needed to successfully get through college.

Information literacy is defined by the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015) as 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."

The Framework contains 6 frames:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration