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Information Literacy for History Courses
What is Information Literacy?
Information Literacy is multi-faceted skill set that allows individuals to find, evaluate, and utilize information and transform it into knowledge.
With the astronomical amounts of information available in physical and digital formats it is incredibly important to know not only where and how to find information, but where and how to find RELEVANT and AUTHORITATIVE information.
An information literate individual demonstrates the following qualities:
- Knowledge of how much information is necessary
- Ability to access resources with ease and purpose
- Evaluate sources and their information critically
- Utilize relevant information and incorporate it into their knowledge base
- Use information for a specific use
- Understand that the creation and use of information has larger ethical and legal implications
This definition and these qualities have been outlined by the American Librarian Association (ALA)