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Information Literacy

How to find and use information effectively

"Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully with society."

The Library and Information Association

Mastering information literacy gives you a set of useful, transferable skills to use in your future career and in everyday life.  To understand its scope and how it can help with assignment writing, take a look at the document below.

Why Information Literacy Matters (pdf) 
Why Information Literacy Matters (Word) 

We've based our guidance on SCONUL's Seven Pillars of Information Literacy, six of which are directly relevant to using libraries: identifying, scoping, planning, gathering, evaluating and managing. These correspond to the menu on the left. The seventh - presenting - is covered by the Academic Literacies attribute.


Information Literacy as a Graduate Attribute

Information Literacy is one of six Graduate Attributes you will develop during your time at BGU, meaning you graduate with a qualification and additional skills to help you succeed in the outside world. Versions of the graphic at the top of the page are used at BGU to promote and highlight the six attributes: information literacy, digital fluency, academic literacies, global citizenship, employability and being enterprising. Each is championed by a different university department and information literacy is championed by the Library.

If you are working towards the Graduate Attributes Excellence Award click on the documents below to complete one or more of the three development activities.  To find out more about Graduate Attributes and the Excellence Award click on the graphic at the top of the page.

Graduate Attributes Excellence Award: Information Literacy Development Activity: Assignment Research 
Graduate Attributes Excellence Award: Information Literacy Development Activity: Library Essentials 
Graduate Attributes Excellence Award: Information Literacy Development Activity: What to Expect