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What is Information Literacy?

CC by Ian Muttoo

Information is currently available from an overwhelming number of sources and in a huge number of formats, such as printed text, media, scholarly databases, websites, blogs, tweets, and more. As a student, you will need to be able to choose the best source for what you need to know, whether you need a thorough analysis of a subject, a concise description, statistics, up-to-the-minute data, etc..

The Information Literacy tutorial examines various aspects of research and scholarship. Divided into 4 sections, the tutorial helps students develop critical thinking skills related to academic discourse, research, and the ethical use of information.

The sections include: (1) Information and scholarship, (2) Understanding and defining your topic, (3) Organizing and evaluating information, and (4) Searching and exploring.

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning ("Framework for Information Literacy").

The general aim of this tutorial is to help students become successful participants in our information-rich society, and improve their academic skills.

Using the Tutorial

There are 4 parts to this tutorial. Each part can be accessed using the tabs above. The tutorial consists of:

  1. Information & Scholarship
  2. Understanding & Defining Your Topic
  3. Organizing & Evaluating Information
  4. Searching & Exploring

For each part of the tutorial there will be a series of readings, videos and quizzess to help you participate responsibly and successfully in our information-rich society.

How to Begin

In order to complete the required exercises, you will need to know your MyNorthShore username and password.  Many of the databases you use will ask that you authenticate using your NSCC information.