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Information Literacy Tutorial: 1 - Information Literacy

Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy and Why is it Important?

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."

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

For more information, see the ACRL Information Literacy Standards.



Objectives of this Tutorial

This research guide will help to meet the following objectives:

  • Why information literacy is important
  • Pick and narrow a topic
  • Craft a thesis statement
  • Develop and apply proven research skills/techniques
  • Conduct efficient and effective research
  • Use the TMCC Library resources
  • Cite your sources accurately
  • Identify quality Internet resources

Paper Guideline Help

Schedule a Research Appointment with a Librarian

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