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What is Information Literacy?

“Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner”

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (2014) Information Literacy Definition. Retrieved February 3rd, 2017 from

Information literacy is a life-long skill that enables you to:    

  • Identify what you need to know;
  • Locate the information required;
  • Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate the information you have found;
  • Use the information ethically (referencing) and appropriately;
  • Communicate the information you have found in your own words so you and others can understand it.

These skills will be of use to you throughout your life as you move from being a student, to a member of the workforce, to a thinking individual in society.    

Stages of information literacy