Information literacy has as one of roots critical thinking. Without knowing how to understand types of information (scholarly/popular, primary/secondary) and how to evaluate them, you can have a disadvantage in the classroom and in your future workplace.
Information literacy can encompass ideas such as bias, authorship, currency, evaluation, presentation, synthesis, attribution, and more.
The library has compiled some tools in a research guide to discuss how you think critically about the news, although the tips in there can also cover articles, websites, books, and other information you may want to use in your research.
There’s a great YouTube series called Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information that discusses these concepts. Narrated by John Green (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns), this series of 10 videos provides a basis for becoming adept at online research. The skills and concepts can also be applied to research in general. Watch the first episode here:
Remember that your librarians also teach about information literacy concepts in the classroom–you may see us in your psychology, sociology, history, art, or other classes.
If you are faculty and you want an instruction session, click here for our online request form.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian