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Information Literacy

Do you have questions about what information literacy is and why it matters? Did your instructor tell you to read this guide and take a quiz about it? You're in the right place!


Information literacy is the ability to recognize the need for information and be able to locate, evaluate, and use the information effectively.

  • In your daily life, this may mean typing "online flower delivery" into Google when your sibling reminds you your mom's birthday is tomorrow or using a site like Snopes or PolitiFact to fact check a social media news item you think sounds questionable.
  • In your college career, this means knowing where to look for scholarly sources for your research papers, background information on a topic covered in class you don't understand, and even how to find a book in the library.