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Information Literacy Toolkit

How to Use this Toolkit

What exactly is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).

This guide contains a series of videos, tutorials, and quizzes meant to help students develop their research and critical thinking skills. The materials here are based on the The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL 2015), which "is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions."

The six frames are:

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

This guide will help students navigate the research process and develop a deeper understanding of information and knowledge production.

You will need to be on campus or logged onto the AUS VPN in order to use these materials.

Why Information Literacy Matters

Life in the Information Age