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Building Information Literacy Skills  

This guide will help you better understand what Information Literacy is and why it is important.
Last Updated: Oct 9, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Why Can't I Just Search Google?!

Many students want to search Google for all of their researching needs. This video, provided by the University of Rhode Island Libraries, explains the answer. 


Avoiding Plagiarism

It is important to always cite your sources. Watch this short clip to better understand how to avoid plagiarism. 

Review this website if you need more help. 


What is Information Literacy?

From the Association of College & Research Libraries. 

Information Literacy Defined

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." 1 Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources. Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education.  An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

Information Literacy Tutorial

The Information Literacy Tutorial includes six modules on how to do research. You may start with Module 1 Start Smart and work your way down the modules in order, or you may select the module that best fits your information research needs at the moment. The six modules include: Start Smart, Choosing a Topic, Using the Catalog, Finding Articles, Using the Web, and Citing Sources.

  1. Start Smart (text)
  2. Choosing a Topic (Flash) or Choosing a Topic (text)
  3. Using the Library Online Catalog to find Books/Media
  4. Finding Articles
  5. Using the Web
  6. Citing Sources


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