Information Literacy Instruction


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What is “Information Literacy” (IL)?

Information literacy (IL) is defined as the competencies an individual summons in order to locate, retrieve, evaluate, select, and use information sources.Source  That means more than just research skills! Information literate citizens examine the socio-cultural production of information and knowledge, and they approach all information production and consumption in a critical manner. 

The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively. Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. - American Library Association 

Information literacy is a required competency in UNCW's University Studies program (six credit hours) and is one of eight university Learning Goals.

Information Literacy at UNCW

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Information literacy instruction at Randall Library: First Year Seminar, ENG 103/201, and in your major