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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

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 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

* 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; the Library is the champion for information literacy.  

If you are working towards the Graduate Attributes Excellence Award click on the documents below to complete one or more of our three information literacy development activities.  To find out more about Graduate Attributes,and the Excellence Award, click on the graphic above.