Library Research & Information Literacy Skills

Information literacy is an essential set of skills for college students; information literate individuals 'recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.' " 1

This page will be a resource for students and instructors to develop and teach these skills.
Information consists of the following competencies (per Assoc. of College & Research Libraries): 

Introducing Information Literacy

Please direct any questions. about this page to Seth Allen, AGS Outreach Librarian
Email: 423-775-7430 |
Links to General Information Literacy Websites

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

 [Tutorials that Cover Multiple Standards are in Brackets]

1. Determine the Extent of Information Needed

2. Accessing Information Effectively and Efficiently

3. Evaluating Information and Its Sources Critically

4. Incorporate Selected Information into One's Knowledge Base

5. Use Information Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose

5. Understand the Economic, Legal, and Social Issues Surrounding the Use of Information, and Use Information Ethically and Legally

Avoiding Plagiarism
Citing Sources in Popular Styles

Links to Information Literacy Websites

ACRL information literacy resources/competencies 
LOEX information literacy clearinghouse/conference 
SCONUL seven pillars of information literacy
National Forum on Information Literacy 
IFLA information literacy section 
Information literacy assessments
Teach Information Literacy and Critical Thinking
Cooperative Library Instruction Project