Information Literacy is the building block of research and critical thinking. It is defined as the ability to find relevant information for a particular situation or problem and to interpret that information effectively*.
* “information literacy.” Dictionary of Information and Library Management. London: A&C Black, 2006. Credo Reference. Web. 4 Jun 2015.
Information literacy extends beyond the walls of the library and into the world by asking users to think critically about the information they are accessing and methods by which they are obtaining that access.
The information literate student at Trocaire College should be able to*:
- Identify and use scholarly resources in order to conduct research in an academic environment.
- Select a scholarly topic and predict what resources they will need to complete their assignment.
- Utilize a variety of scholarly sources (books, eBooks, media, databases and websites) to explore a topic in order to develop an appreciation of different formats of information and their purposes.
- Evaluate information for its value, relevance and accuracy in order to develop critical thinking skills.
- Employ proper citation formats to identify the resources they use in their research in order to use information fairly and ethically.
*Rubric for Information Literacy
Resources for your students
The Research Assistance section for students on our website has tools and information on a variety of information literacy and research skills topics.
Our Research Guides provide the best databases, books, eBook and other resources available for your students to use for their research.
Our Guides on the Side provide step-by-step instructions for using library databases and resources.