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Information Literacy Core Components

Information Literacy Core Components

Students who are information literate can…

Formulate Question or Define Task at Hand
Define scope of the question or task at hand, determine key concepts, and identify related concepts

Identify Appropriate Sources
Know how information is formally and informally produced, organized, and disseminated (e.g. scholarly v. popular source)

Differentiate and Use Information-Seeking Tools
Identify appropriate tools for the type of source they are seeking
Construct an appropriate search strategy for the information retrieval system selected (strategies for using a search engine v. a journal database)

Evaluate Information
Determine source's quality, relevance, and perspective

Synthesize
Recognize patterns, draw conclusions, and interpret and connect pieces of information to support the answer to their question

Use Information Ethically and Responsibly
Demonstrate a full understanding of the ethical and legal restrictions on the use of published, confidential, and/or proprietary information