Information Literacy Skills



searching for information sometimes seems like opening the floodgates it can be an overwhelming experience and you may feel overloaded with the vast amount of information that exists so how do you find what's relevant to you to sift through so much data you'll need to develop your information literacy skills by the end of this video you'll learn what information literacy is and why it's important how you use information literacy in your daily life and how to use information literacy skills as you go through college according to the American Library Association an information literate person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate evaluate and effectively use that information but we also can visualize it in simpler terms information literacy is a way of defining and thinking about the research process it's a life skill needed for college and beyond in your professional and personal life and above all it's a process it takes time to develop and hone these skills but with practice you'll be well on your way while there are many ways to think about information literacy it still can be a tricky concept to grasp without tying it into some aspect of your own life you've probably used information literacy skills many times without even realizing it think about an instance when you needed to figure something out perhaps it was as simple as trying to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich or more seriously considering what type of job to apply for in both cases you follow certain steps to achieve the goal let's break down what each situation looks like if you want to know how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich you gather information from a variety of places you may start by reading recipes online as well as reading others reviews of recipes you might ask your friends or family for cooking tips or possibly peruse cookbooks seeking information in each of these places gives you a foundation for starting your recipe you may find that this effort yielded enough information or you may have to gather more details and tweak your recipe until it's perfect say instead you're trying to find a part-time job while you're in school using information literacy skills in this case means you start by establishing which companies are hiring and reading job descriptions from here you narrow jobs down based on your qualifications then you research a company so you and tie that knowledge into your cover letter these steps help to build a strong foundation for an eventual interview before you even apply for the job these examples required knowing what information was needed accessing and evaluating that information and effectively using it to reach a conclusion as we've mentioned developing information literacy skills is a process but it's one that you can master with practice here are five simple steps you can follow to enhance your information literacy skills first know your information need consider an assignments requirements when choosing and focusing your topic do you need general or more in-depth information did your professor say you only may use peer-reviewed scholarly articles or are articles from trade journals and newspapers acceptable second access the needed information know when to use the library catalog article and reference databases or the Internet to find and retrieve print and electronic books and articles web pages and other documents talk to your librarian or professor to discover what resources are available third examine information sources critically is the information you found relevant to what you need evaluate it for its accuracy currency reliability and point of view or bias fourth use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose select the information you'll use in your final assignment make sure you organize your ideas and analyze whether you've answered your research question and finally use information ethically always give credit to the sources you use in your assignment even if you're paraphrasing or summarizing an idea you must cite it in your work doing so will help you prevent committing plagiarism it may seem like a challenge to develop your information literacy skills but with a little practice you'll be on your way to success librarians are especially good at finding useful sources but a recent project information literacy study found that eighty percent of college students never bother to ask for their help always remember that librarians and professors are here to help if you get stuck along the way you now should be familiar with what information literacy is and why it's important how you use information literacy in your daily life and how to use information literacy skills as you go through college

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