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