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Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to locate, evaluate, and apply the content of print, non-print, and digital resources both to academic study and to professional, public, and personal life.

Information literacy competencies facilitate fundamental academic tasks and processes such as framing a question, defining a thesis, and assessing the value and relevance of texts. They promote the achievement of both general and disciplinary learning by enabling students to retrieve, manage, and apply disciplinary literatures. The goals, content, and methods of information literacy instruction primarily derive from those of contemporary library instruction but also draw upon elements of many academic disciplines to address issues such as scholarly communication, the presentation of information, protocols of networks and digital interfaces, and socioeconomic and legal aspects of knowledge and information. At its more basic level, information literacy instruction is offered through workshops and integrated into existing courses and their assignments. At the more advanced level, instruction for it is like other cross-disciplinary competencies -- meaningfully taught and learned only in a disciplinary context.

View information literacy standards, goals and outcomes statements (pdf).

Information Literacy Resources

Information literacy in the college curriculum:

Tips for designing assignments:

Information literacy for first year students:

Discipline specific information literacy resources:

  • Black Studies:


    • Internet Mathematician (Virtual Training Site, University of Bristol) This is a tutorial to teach students about mathematics information resources.
    • Math 100 (Lewis & Clark College)
  • The Sciences:

    • Brown, Cecelia. "Integrating Information Literacy into the Science Curriculum." College and Research Libraries v.63 no2 (2002) p.111.
  • Writing: