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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 Information Literacy Group. (2017) Information Literacy Definition. Retrieved 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.

Information literacy skills will be useful to you throughout your life.   

Stages of information literacy