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Information Literacy 

What is information literacy? Information literacy is the ability to: 

  • Recognize when information is needed.
  • Locate, evaluate, and effectively use relevant information to learn, understand, explain, or teach. 

Although information literacy has many parts, it is clear-cut when broken down. In these modules, you will learn about the pieces of information literacy and begin your journey towards successful research!


Critical Literacy

Critical literacy is an instructional approach that advocates for a "critical" perspective towards texts. Readers with critical literacy actively analyze texts and uncover their underlying messages. 

The "Evaluating Sources" and "Reading Articles" videos provide a detailed discussion of how to use critical literacy to engage research sources.

Reading Articles

Evaluating Resources 

Accuracy Authority Objectivity Currency Coverage

Is the author's argument sound? 

Are they leaving out important, relevant information?

Who wrote the page? Can you contact him or her?

Is this person qualified to write this document?

Are the author(s) credentials or affiliations listed? 

Check the document URL: What institution or organization published this document?

Is the information presented in the document cited correctly in a bibliography or reference list? 

What is the purpose of the document?

What might be the author's motivation?

How detailed is the information? 

What opinions (if any) are expressed by the authors?

Is the information biased?

When was it produced?

When was it last updated? 

How up-to-date are the links? Are there dead links? 

Is the page content outdated?

Can you access the information requested?

Is the information locked behind a "paywall" or login requirements?

Is the information thorough? 

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