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What is Information Literacy?

All Chapman University students need to critically analyze and communicate complex issues and ideas. It would be impossible to fulfill this objective without knowing how to find and evaluate information sources, which is where information literacy comes into play. 

So what is information literacy?

"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, 2015)."

The librarians at the Leatherby Libraries promote information literacy through several methods:

  • In-class library instruction: a librarian meets with an entire class to discuss research strategies related to their research needs
  • Individual Research Consultations: students meet individually with a librarian to help them find and evaluate sources based on their specific research topic
  • Ask a Librarian: librarians are available via the Reference Desk or by contacting a liaison librarian to answer information-related questions for students or faculty

By refining information literacy abilities with librarians, students may achieve greater success in critically analyzing and communicating the complex issues related to their scholarly and creative work.

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  1. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. (2015, February). https://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework