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Library Instructions

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. The Association of College and Research Libraries outlined five standards that today's students would need to succeed in school and their career.

An information literate student has the ability to:

  • Determine the nature and extent of information needed
  • Access needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base and value system
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information