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Information Literacy: Introduction

In this Library Guide

Information Literacy for teaching staff

We can provide resources and assistance to develop your students' information literacy skills.

Information Literacy across the disciplines

Papers and resources exploring how information literacy can be developed for different disciplines and subjects.

Standards & supporting resources

Explains the Australian & New Zealand Information Literacy standards, and provides a selection of resources that can be used to support their development.

What is Information Literacy?

What is information literacy?

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.

Why is information literacy important?

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online environment where anyone can publish their opinion, you need to be able to filter the good from what is biased, out of date, misleading, or false.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. 

Where will I use information literacy skills?

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 Skills

Info Lit puzzle

Information & Research Literacies Graduate Learning Outcome


Information Literacy standards are inherent criteria in the Information & Research Literacies Graduate Learning Outcome:

Information & Research Literacies

Demonstrate capability as inquirers to locate, evaluate, manage, and use information and research to develop and guide their own knowledge, learning, and practice