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5 Components of Information Literacy

Presentation defines information literacy and explains the five main components: identify, find, evaluate, apply, and acknowledge. Both academic and real world examples are provided. Video version available at http://youtu.be/1ronp6Iue9w .

Nichole Ackerman Martin

on 6 March 2014

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Transcript of 5 Components of Information Literacy

"...the ability to locate, evaluate, and use
effectively the needed information."
- Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
What is information literacy?
5 Components of Information Literacy
The information literate student can:
The information literate student can identify
the nature and extent of information needed.
The information literate student can find
needed information effectively and efficiently.
The information literate student can evaluate
information and its sources critically.
The information literate student can apply
information effectively to accomplish a specific
The information literate student can acknowledge
sources of information and the ethical, legal, and
socio-economic issues surrounding information.
Academic Examples
writing a thesis statement
creating a timeline and plan to complete a research paper
reading background information on a topic before researching
recognizing the difference between a library database and a website
differentiating between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources for information
Real World Examples
devising a search strategy to find information on buying a new home
identifying the difference between a published court decision and an article about the court case
deciding to search for the most current information available on a medical procedure
Academic Examples
Academic Examples
Academic Examples
Academic Examples
finding an article from the library databases
using Boolean terms (AND, OR, NOT) when searching online
locating a book on the library shelves by its call number
refining a search strategy to narrow down results in databases and search engines
choosing keywords and phrases to use in a library catalog search
summarizing the main ideas of an article or book
reviewing multiple points of view to construct an opinion
exploring different sources of information (web, books, databases, primary sources) to understand a topic
analyzing the structure and logic of arguments made in lectures and speeches
researching the claims made in a political ad on television
scrutinizing a Wikipedia article for accuracy
checking a website for currency of updates
developing a market survey based on gaps identified by reviewing studies
referencing experts to support a point during a discussion
communicating the findings of a patent search to potential product investors
paraphrasing an expert essay to support a position in a persuasive speech
integrating a direct quotation from a reference book into a research paper
using images from a database to prepare a group Powerpoint presentation
citing an information source in the text of a research paper
creating a works cited page or bibliography
understanding what constitutes plagiarism
utilizing Fair Use and copyright guidelines
obtaining permission before copying a news story to a blog
giving attribution to a reposted image on a website
recognizing limits and protections of free speech and censorship on television
downloading legally purchased music
Information literacy
provides the keys to
academic achievement
& lifelong learning.
Real World Examples
Real World Examples
Real World Examples
Real World Examples
locating a website written by a credible botanist to help identify wildflowers
searching public archives for information on local history
requesting genealogical records through interlibrary loan
accessing a government website for local crime statistics
Information Literacy Standards, Performance Indicators, and Outcomes from Lawerence University
Information Literacy Defined by Association of College and Research Libraries
What is Information Literacy
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