Information Literacy
A Five Minute Introduction
Ben Bryson
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Altamaha Technical College
Th...
Information Literacy
"To be information literate, a person must be able to
recognize when information is needed and have t...
Information Literacy Competency
Standards in Plain English
(adapted from ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards fo...
You can:
Identify what kind of information
you need and how much
("Standard One" in ALA, Information Competency Standards ...
You can:
Quickly find the information you’re
looking for
("Standard Two" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards...
You can:
Judge the quality of the
information you find
("Standard Three" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards...
You can:
Use it to increase your knowledge
("Standard Three" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher ...
You can:
Communicate what you have
learned to others
("Standard Four" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards in...
You can:
Give credit where credit is due
("Standard Six" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Educ...
Essential Questions
http://www.flickr.com/photos/o5com/4951006091/
10
How do I know what kind of
information I will need?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/
11
What is the best way for me to find
this information?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/
12
How can I judge the quality of the
information I find?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/
13
How can I best use and communicate
the information I find?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/
14
What can I do to credit my sources
properly?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/
15
Make It Happen
with a Research Strategy
(adapted from The Seven Steps of the Research Process [http://www.library.cornell....
Strategy for Success #1
Identify and Develop Your Topic
- State your topic as a question
- Identify the main concepts or k...
Strategy for Success #2
Find Background Information
- Use keywords to search encyclopedias or
subject dictionaries
(Step 2...
Strategies for Success #3
Look for information in a variety of
places.
- Search the library catalog for books.
- Search on...
Strategy for Success #4
Evaluate the information you found.
- Is it relevant to your topic?
- Check the authority of the s...
Strategy for Success #5
Cite what you find and use in a standard
format.
- MLA for English and other Humanities courses
- ...
Works Cited
American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy:
Final Report. Rep. Chicago: Amer...
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  1. 1. Information Literacy A Five Minute Introduction Ben Bryson Reference & Instruction Librarian Altamaha Technical College This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. 1
  2. 2. Information Literacy "To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (ALA, Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report) http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4194288017/ 2
  3. 3. Information Literacy Competency Standards in Plain English (adapted from ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education [http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm]) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/annarbor/4350629792/) 3
  4. 4. You can: Identify what kind of information you need and how much ("Standard One" in ALA, Information Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 4
  5. 5. You can: Quickly find the information you’re looking for ("Standard Two" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 5
  6. 6. You can: Judge the quality of the information you find ("Standard Three" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 6
  7. 7. You can: Use it to increase your knowledge ("Standard Three" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 7
  8. 8. You can: Communicate what you have learned to others ("Standard Four" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards in Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 8
  9. 9. You can: Give credit where credit is due ("Standard Six" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 9
  10. 10. Essential Questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/o5com/4951006091/ 10
  11. 11. How do I know what kind of information I will need? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 11
  12. 12. What is the best way for me to find this information? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 12
  13. 13. How can I judge the quality of the information I find? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 13
  14. 14. How can I best use and communicate the information I find? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 14
  15. 15. What can I do to credit my sources properly? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 15
  16. 16. Make It Happen with a Research Strategy (adapted from The Seven Steps of the Research Process [http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill1.htm] with permission from Olin Library Reference Research & Learning Services Cornell University Library Ithaca, NY, USA) http://www.flickr.com/photos/annarbor/4350629792/ 16
  17. 17. Strategy for Success #1 Identify and Develop Your Topic - State your topic as a question - Identify the main concepts or keywords in your question (Step 1 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 17
  18. 18. Strategy for Success #2 Find Background Information - Use keywords to search encyclopedias or subject dictionaries (Step 2 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 18
  19. 19. Strategies for Success #3 Look for information in a variety of places. - Search the library catalog for books. - Search online databases for journal articles. - Search the internet for appropriate web pages. (Steps 3, 4, and 5 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 19
  20. 20. Strategy for Success #4 Evaluate the information you found. - Is it relevant to your topic? - Check the authority of the source. - Find supporting information. (Step 6 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 20
  21. 21. Strategy for Success #5 Cite what you find and use in a standard format. - MLA for English and other Humanities courses - APA for Psychology and other Social Science courses (Step 7 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 21
  22. 22. Works Cited American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report. Rep. Chicago: American Library Association, 1989. ALA | Home - American Library Association. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. American Library Association. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Working paper. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000. ALA | Home - American Library Association. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Olin Library Reference. "The Seven Steps of the Research Process." The Seven Steps of the Research Process | Olin & Uris Libraries. Cornell University Library, 22 Dec. 2009. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4194288017/
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