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Adelphi University Libraries: Information Literacy

We want you to be information literate!

"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." (ACRL). Information literacy is an important skill to have for your academic studies and your life. In being information literate, you will save time researching and you will have confidence the information you are using is accurate. 

Internet search engines may not give you the complete picture

Being Information Literate

An information literate person will be 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

American Library Association, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,, 2016.

Information Literacy Tutorial

Have Questions?

If you need help, Ask A Librarian!

Evaluating Your Sources

What is Peer Reviewed?

Peer Review in Three Minutes

Produced by North Carolina State University Libraries

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Boolean Searching

How Boolean Searching Works

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Using Wikipedia for Academic Research

Using Wikipedia for Academic Research?

 How do I use Wikipedia?

  • Background research--key names, dates, issues, people to use in searching for journal articles
  • References list--links to sources, some journals, books, websites
  • External links--to other sources and websites that might be useful

When do I NOT use Wikipedia?

  • Never cite a Wikipedia entry in your paper--academic work never cites any encyclopedic work. Special encyclopedias are a part of your personal background research for overview and to help find other sources.
  • When the article has a "bad" grade--below a "B" you shouldn't even look at it