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Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy (IL)?

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy 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.

ACRL identifies six core information literacy concepts that together create a Framework of Information Literacy for Higher Education

 ACRL identifies five Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology 

  • The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  • The information literate student acquires needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • The information literate student critically evaluates the procured information and its sources, and as a result, decides whether to modify the initial query and/or seek additional sources and whether to develop a new research process.
  • The information literate student understands the economic, ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and its technologies and either as an individual or as a member of a group, uses information effectively, ethically, and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • The information literate student understands that information literacy is an ongoing process and an important component of lifelong learning and recognizes the need to keep current regarding new developments in his or her field.


USciences IL Learning Objectives

 USciences General Education Curriculum 

  • Students will retrieve needed information effectively and efficiently. 
  • Students will critically evaluate information and use it in an ethical and legal manner.