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What is Information Literacy?
Information Literacy is a skill set that students must develop to be successful in today's information rich environment.
An information literate person can..."recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
~Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
American Library Association. 2006.
Information Literacy in UCOL 101 Core Competencies
#8) Students will become information literate, using critical thinking and problem solving skills to build an intellectual framework for discovering, using and evaluating information. The student will be able to:
8a. Differentiate between popular and scholarly information, understanding when each is applicable in the context of academic scholarship;
8b. Apply evaluation criteria to assess the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, currency, and bias of information;
8c. Demonstrate knowledge of intellectual property rights and plagiarism, as well as an understanding of proper attribution of information;
8d. Distinguish among various formats of information and demonstrate awareness and effective use of search and retrieval aids;
8e. Identify key services provided by Morris Library;
8f. Recognize their role as contributors to scholarly discourse on campus, in the community, and within their profession.