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Information Literacy: Information Literacy

Definition of Information

Information is knowledge acquired in any manner; facts; data; learning; lore... information applies to facts that are gathered in any way, by reading, observation, hearsay, etc., and does not necessarily connote validity.2

Information Graphic

Watch How Quickly Data is Generated:

The Internet in Real-Time 1

Sources Used in This Guide

1"Domo Infographic." Inside the Domosphere. Domo. 2011. Web. 27 June 2012.
2"Information." Def. 3 & Syn. Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language. College ed. 1968.
3, 4American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report. Chicago: American Library Association, 1989. Print. 
5 Ishii, Akiko. "Information Cycle Timeline" [animation]. Owens Library. Northwest Missouri State University. July 2002. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.

Definition of Information Literacy

Information Literacy Logo in color
Information literacy, as defined by the American Library Association, is the ability to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."3 

Information literacy skills are not just for classroom use; they are life skills.

Information Literate People

"...information literate people are those who have learned how to learn... they learn how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand."4

Helpful Information

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For most databases you will log in using your Patriot Port login, which for students is the same as your Moodle login.

For the few databases that require a different login that information is posted in Moodle in the Library Resources block under "Database Passwords."

If you are a current student or employee of the College who does not use Moodle, email your FULL NAME and DATE OF BIRTH to:
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If you have problems during normal library hours call 828-395-1307.

After hours use the Library Chat.

For help on researching a topic, see Tips for Efficient Research

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