Skip to Main Content

Information Literacy

The who, what, why of Information Literacy



Welcome to the Information Literacy Subject Guide.  As you embark on your academic endeavors, we want to highlight a crucial skill that will serve as your compass in the vast sea of information: Information Literacy.

What is Information Literacy? Information Literacy is the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use information in various forms. In our information-driven age, this skill is indispensable, as it empowers you to critically navigate the wealth of resources available to you.

Why is it Important?

  1. Quality Research: Information literacy ensures that the sources you rely on are credible, reliable, and relevant to your academic pursuits. It's not just about finding information but finding the right information.

  2. Critical Thinking: Developing information literacy hones your critical thinking skills. You'll learn to question assumptions, consider different perspectives, and draw well-informed conclusions.

  3. Academic Success: Mastering information literacy is directly tied to your academic success. Whether you're writing a paper, conducting experiments, or participating in discussions, being information literate positions you to excel.

Tips for Information Literacy Success:

  1. Explore Diverse Sources: Don't limit yourself to one type of source. Utilize books, articles, credible websites, and other resources to gain a comprehensive understanding of your topic.

  2. Evaluate Sources: Be discerning. Assess the reliability, authority, and currency of the information you encounter. Not all sources are created equal.

  3. Cite Properly: Give credit where it's due. Understanding how to cite sources properly is an essential aspect of information literacy and academic integrity.

In Conclusion: Information literacy is your toolkit for success in college and beyond. Embrace it, refine it, and let it guide you in your pursuit of knowledge. Your academic journey is an exploration, and with information literacy as your compass, you're equipped to navigate the complexities of the scholarly landscape.


5 Components of Information Literacy