We can provide resources and assistance to develop your students' information literacy skills.
These short tutorials can help you to find and use the quality information you need for your study.
Papers and resources exploring how information literacy can be developed for different disciplines and subjects.
Explains the Australian & New Zealand Information Literacy standards, and provides a selection of resources that can be used to support their development.
Information Literacy is your ability to identify what information you need and the best sources for that information, locate those sources, understand how the information is organized, evaluate the information and its source critically, and share that information. It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques.
Not all information is created equal. Some is current, authoritative, and reliable, but in an online environment where anyone can publish their opinion, you need to be able to filter the good from what is biased, out of date, misleading, or false. University students and researchers also need to use "scholarly" or "academic" quality information sources, so need to know what these are and how to find them.
You use information literacy skills every day. They are important in study and research: for example in preparing an essay, a research paper, or a group presentation. You also use them in the workplace, where the ability to find, evaluate, use, and share information is an essential skill.
UNESCO's statement on Information Literacy acknowledges that "information literate people are able to access information about their health, their environment, their education and work, empowering them to make critical decisions about their lives, e.g. in taking more responsibility for their own health and education".
Information Literacy standards are inherent criteria in the Information & Research Literacies Graduate Learning Outcome:
Demonstrate capability as inquirers to locate, evaluate, manage, and use information and research to develop and guide their own knowledge, learning, and practice