Information Literacy - Outcomes

Faculty and librarians will provide students with opportunities to acquire, practice, and demonstrate information literacy competencies through assignments. ACRL competencies are listed below in bold followed by observable/measurable student outcomes.

Competency 1 - The information literate student is able to determine the nature and extent of the information needed.  assignments

Defines and articulates the need for information

Identifies key concepts and terms that describe the information needed-  keywords, synonyms, related terms, subject headings

Explores general information sources to increase familiarity with the topic

Identifies the purpose and audience of potential resources (popular vs. scholarly)

Differentiates between primary and secondary sources

Identifies value and differences of information found in variety of  formats

Determines the availability of needed information and makes decisions regarding extending the search beyond local resources--interlibrary loan, WorldCAT

Determines a realistic plan and timeline to acquire the needed information


Competency 2 - The information literate student accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently.  assignments

Constructs a search strategy using appropriate commands for selected databases

Implements the search strategy in various databases and indexes

Uses specialized online or in-person services available to retrieve information (reference librarians, reference desk, consultations, interlibrary loan, experts, faculty)


Competency 3 - The information literate student critically evaluates information and its sources.  assignments

Examines and compares information from various sources

Differentiates between types of sources cited and provides proper documentation and citations

Examines, compares, and evaluates information based on selected criteria including reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view

Recognizes prejudice, deception, or manipulation


Competency 4 - The information literate student uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.  assignments

Organizes the content in a manner that supports the purposes and format of the final project

Incorporates the new information into student's knowledge base

Integrates the new and prior information effectively with proper use of quotations and paraphrasing

Manipulates digital formats for class assignments


Competency 5 - The information literate student understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information.  assignments


Accesses and uses information ethically and legally

Demonstrates an understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use of copyrighted material

Demonstrates an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and does not represent work of others as his/her own

Selects an appropriate documentation style and uses it consistently to cite sources

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