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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Research Guide: Information Literacy


Information Literacy

Locate | Evaluate | Use Sources

Information Literacy Overview

"Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information" (Association of College and Research Libraries [ACRL], 1997-2012, para. 1).

Information literate individuals are able to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information" (American Library Association, 1989, para. 3; ACRL, 2000, para. 3).

According to the ACRL (2000), an information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally (pp. 2-3)

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