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Information Literacy

Information Literacy Skills

  • Identify, navigate and employ library services, resources, tools, features available through the library; online catalog, library databases, web searching in order to locate materials efficiently and effectively.
  • Apply advanced search strategies/ Boolean strategies to identify, access, and use resources and databases that are discipline specific in order to produce concise search results.
  • Locate key service points such as the reference desk, circulation desk, and computer assistance desk.
  • Integrate reference sources into the research process in order to gain an initial understanding of a research topic.
  • Distinguish between scholarly (refereed) material,( for example primary vs. secondary sources or original research vs. review article ) and popular/trade magazines in order to identify articles that are written by experts. Differentiating between scholarly publications and the popular press.
  • Understanding research conventions within a discipline.
  • Critically evaluate information for its authority, bias, quality of reasoning, and timeliness (relative to its purpose) in order to select appropriate information for a specific purpose.
  • Ethics and legally using information, recognize what constitutes plagiarism and use proper documentation conventions when writing papers in order to avoid it.
  • Understand and apply the formatting and documentation conventions within the discipline (APA or MLA Styles).

Source: Developed by Bowdoin College librarians, March 2004. Portions of this document were inspired by: The Mission of Bowdoin College; and adapted from Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, American Library Association (Association of College and Research Libraries); and Information Literacy Competencies and Criteria for Academic Libraries in Wisconsin, (Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians)

About Digital and Information Literacy

Information-Media-ICT Literacy

Our staff believes strongly in Information, Media and ICT literacy(Information and Communication Technologies). It is fundamental in the pursuit of knowledge and learning. This section provides valuable links on Oregon Standards for incorporating technical and digital tools for student success.

Relationship of information science with library science from Sadaf Batool