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Information Literacy

How to find and use information effectively

"Information Literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner."

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

How this guide can help you

By getting to grips with information literacy you'll acquire a useful and very transferable set of skills that will help you not only in your future career but in everyday life. These pages are designed to introduce you to information literacy and give you a solid grounding in the basics.  To understand the scope of information literacy and how it can help with assignment writing, take a look at the pdf document below:

We've based our guidance on SCONUL's Seven Pillars of Information Literacy model, splitting information literacy into six* components: identifying, scoping, planning, gathering, evaluating and managing (see the menu on the left)  Alongside our own guidance and advice we'd trawled the web for some of the best information literacy videos out there.

We hope you find these pages useful!  If you have any feedback please contact us

Want to know more? Sign up for an Information Literacy LibSkills tutorial with one of our expert librarians, and earn 5 Employability Award points in the process. 

* The seventh component, presenting, is covered by the Academic Literacies attribute.

Information Literacy as a Graduate Attribute

Information Literacy is one of six Graduate Attributes which, alongside subject expertise, you are encouraged to develop during your time at BGU.  The idea is that you graduate not only with a qualification but an additional set of skills to help you succeed in the outside world. The graphic on the left is used around BGU to promote the  initiative and highlight the six attributes: information literacy, digital fluency, academic literacies, global citizenship, employability and being enterprising. Each attribute is championed by a different University department (you guessed it, we're the champions for information literacy!).  Find out more about Graduate Attributes by clicking on the graphic.