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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.

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 of information ethically and legally

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

Becoming information literate

What is a peer reviewed article? Watch this video to find out...

Boolean searching uses operators "AND", "OR", and "NOT" to maximize the relevancy and effectiveness of the search. This is a common way to search when using databases. Click on the image below to see how it works.

How to 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 to NOT use Wikipedia...

  • Never cite a Wikipedia entry in your paper - academic work never cites any encyclopedic work. Special encyclopedias are part of your own 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 


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