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What is information literacy?

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2014  |  52 Views

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In its most basic sense, information literacy is defined as "... the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effecitively use that information for the issue or problem at hand." (National Forum on Information Literacy, What is the NFIL?)

Sifting through books, articles, websites - that’s where information literacy comes in. Information literacy skills help you understand and determine what  you need, and help you search, find, and evaluate resources in a variety of formats.  These skills are essential in helping you use resources in an ethical way with academic integrity, as part of a scholarly community.  As the availability of online resources continues to expand, information literacy skills are essential to academic and workplace success, as well as lifelong learning.

One of Bucknell’s Educational Goals is the development of information literacy and technological competency for all students across disciplines.  The College of Arts & Sciences College Core Curriculum reinforces the important role that information literacy plays in student learning and critical thinking by identifying it as one of the intellectual competencies incorporated into majors.


For more information, visit the Information Literacy Resources subject guide. 

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