Characteristics of Information Literacy Courses

Thanks to the explosive growth of electronic means of communication and data storage, an individual’s access to information is now practically unlimited. It is imperative that today’s university graduate develop skills in finding and evaluating information, both in print and in electronic form.  As part of the general education curriculum a demonstration of competence in modern information gathering and evaluation will be by successful completion of a course that meets the following criteria:

  • provides the student with an understanding of the organization of knowledge and information, including terminology and types of resources available.
  • teaches students how to construct a research question and form a research strategy, including the selection of appropriate research tools.
  • provides the student with the theory, skills and technique required to be an effective online database searcher.
  • applies knowledge gained about types of resources, search strategy and the organization of information to the critical evaluation and use of materials.
  • introduces students to issues regarding the ethical and legal use of information.
  • encourages students to develop research skills and habits that will contribute to their success as students and future professionals.


Source: Adapted from Report and Recommendations, IUSB Task Force on General Education (March 2003)


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