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Information Literacy: Resources and Application


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Videos - Information Literacy

ALAACRL. (2015, March 17). ACRL presents: Putting the framework for information literacy into action [Video file]. Retrieved from

Arms, K. (2017, November). What is information literacy? [Video file]. 

APUS Librarian. (2012, April 1). Integrating information literacy into courses [Video file]. Retrieved from

Venice268's channel. (2011, January 13). Information literacy and engaging the 21st century learner [Video file]. Retrieved from

How Do You Use Information Literacy Skills?

When making any decision - from which movie you want to go see to something more major such as what car to buy, where to live, or what college to attend - your decision is dependent upon the information you have. 

In a general sense, the skill of information literacy refers to the ability to effectively and critically find, assess, use, and cite information.  This information retrieved will guide your thought and decision-making processes, so it is vital to locate specific information from a variety of sources while being able to assess the credibility of it as well.  We use information literacy skills all the time, but most of us don’t associate what we are doing with this particular skill.

Academic Introduction

Think about how often you research information for your courses- assignments, discussion posts, and projects.  Typically, students associate information literacy skills with big research papers and/or projects.  After going through this content, it will become apparent that information literacy is used everywhere in your personal, academic, and professional lives; not just for those big research papers.

Academics and Information Literacy- What Information and Where Do I Find It?

Academic Uses
Succeeding in your academic course work depends on how you gather and utilize information to help formulate, add credibility, and provide basis to your thoughts and opinions.  Obviously this is important within research papers, but you also use this skill in other written assignments, discussion posts, study practices, and even within your emails and other forms of communication. 
What Information Do You Need To Find
Get as specific as possible in your search.  For example, instead of searching for genetically modified foods, you could search for the advantages of genetically modified foods.
Where To Find and Locate Information

Not all information is created equal, nor is it always easy to find specific information.  Limiting information gathered from one source, such as individual blogs, will severely impact your ability to formulate decisions and opinions. 

Academically and professionally, you will be required to locate information from a wide variety of sources.  Failure to do so will limit the diversity of information you can possible retrieve and limit your decision making and/or opinions regarding a particular topic.

Academics and Information Literacy- Assessment of Information

Evaluation Of Your Information

It is important to remember that not all information is created equally; you may be able to find specific information, but is it current and from a credible source? This ability to assess your information is just as important as your ability to find it.  Check out the "Evaluations of Resources" tab in this guide to further enhance your knowledge.

How To Utilize Your Information

After you've retrieved your information and assessed its credibility, how do you utilize your work?  What do you look for?  This may be the hardest aspect of information literacy skills- piecing together your research and extrapolating patterns and ideas within it.  This ability relies on critical thinking skills as well because you typically have multiple resources of data and have to gather content that supports your thesis, ideas, theme and/or concepts. 


Citing and Referencing Your Information

Obviously you must cite and reference the content you researched within your assignment.  Check out the "Citation" tab in this guide to further enhance your knowledge.