Information literacy is the ability to
access, evaluate, and apply information gained.
An information literate person...
- recognizes the need for information
- recognizes that accurate and complete information is the basis for intelligent decision making
- formulates questions based on information needs
- identifies potential sources of information
- develops successful search strategies
- accesses print and technology-based sources of information
- is a competent reader
- established authority determines accuracy and relevance
- recognizes point of view and opinion versus factual knowledge
- rejects inaccurate and misleading information
- creates new information to replace inaccurate or missing information as needed
- organizes information for practical application
- integrates new information into an existing body of knowledge
- applies information in critical thinking and problem solving
- presents and defends information
Information literacy instruction focuses on the research and technical vocabulary, use of the online library catalog, location skills, strategies for access and analysis of the Internet, databases, basic reference books and other resources. Strategic research as a process is taught to all students.