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Information Literacy Toolkit: What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is an important component of critical thinking in the digital age

The world of information and technology is constantly growing, changing, and expanding. Information of varying quality is increasingly available through many different avenues, including social media, the mass media, and the Internet

Being able to navigate this growing and evolving landscape is crucial for success at school, at work, and in life

That is why, Information Literacy is one of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s university-wide Assessments Goals for Student Learning:

Information Literacy:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to carry out thorough and effective information search strategies using traditional print, digital, and Internet sources, evaluate information accessed, and use this information along with existing knowledge to create something new.”

What is Information Literacy?

"Information Literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." -The Association of College & Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy 

In other words, Information Literacy is the ability to find and use information responsibly

An information literate person is able to:

  • Recognize when they need information
  • Determine what type and source of information will be the most helpful or relevant for their need
  • Understand how information is created
  • Find information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information for accuracy and relevancy
  • Credit sources of information appropriately with correct citations