Information Literacy Resources

How can teaching faculty and library faculty work together to help students make sense of all the information bombarding them year after year? It is difficult enough trying to locate and evaluate the information we need in our daily lives.

To help with this challenge, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) developed a document titled “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education” in 2000. In this document, the American Library Association defines information literacy as a set of abilities that allows individuals “to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”

Understanding how information and research has changed during these proceeding years, ACRL developed the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education .
The Framework is a set of six interconnect core concepts relating to authority, information, research and scholarship. These areas of information literacy create the umbrella of skills needed to be engaged and information fluent in today’s world. The six concepts are:

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

Thus the updated definition of information literacy is

“…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 following resources are provided to help you and your students navigate the increasingly complex and ever-expanding world of information:

Information Need

A variety of Search Planning Worksheets (available in print and online) help students narrow and focus their research topics.

Locating Information

Research Guides help locate print and electronic resources, while our Help Guides provide detailed information about specific databases, the research process, and library resources.

Evaluating Information

The Identify Scholarly Periodicals LibGuide distinguishes between scholarly and non-scholarly articles.

Using Information Effectively

Citing the sources you use is very important. Check out Citing Sources with tips for citing in MLA, APA, and other formatting and style guides.

“In 2008, Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours, an average of almost 12 hours per day. Consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes* and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day (Bohn and Short, 2009).”

*A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, a million million gigabytes.