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Information Literacy Framework: Introduction to Information Literacy

This guide will help students better understand the concepts underlying the research process.

Using This Guide


Explore each tab in three steps: watch the video, read the recommended readings, then complete the assignment. Additional assignments are offered to strengthen your understanding of information literacy concepts.

"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." ACRL Framework


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How to Read (and Understand) a Social Science Article

Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Intrinsic and extrinsic motivations: Classic definitions and new directions. Contemporary educational psychology, 25(1), 54-67.

Intellectual humility: The importance of knowing you might be wrong: Why it’s so hard to see our own ignorance, and what to do about it.

Role of the Framework

"The Framework is not designed to be implemented in a single information literacy session in a student’s academic career; it is intended to be developmentally and systematically integrated into the student’s academic program at a variety of levels."


Information Literacy pre-test


Vocabulary list (write out by hand the definition of each term. Use two different resources - an online resource available from a search engine and a specialized dictionary available from Oxford Reference or Gale Reference or Access Science). Once they've written out the definitions by hand ask them to paraphrase the definitions.


Project Cora. An open access Community of Online Research Assignments.

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