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Information Literacy

Information literacy: a definition

Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.

This definition implies several skills. We believe that the skills (or competencies) that are required to be information literate require an understanding of:

These are explained in more detail on this website.

The above definition has been sourced from the CILIP website.

The table available for download below shows the information literacy skills which students might be expected to develop at the various stages of their course. Your Faculty Librarian can help you tailor these skills to the particular needs of your discipline.

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