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Guidelines for the Information Literacy Component of the University-wide General Education Program

as adopted by the University-wide General Education Committee
Approved by the University-wide General Education Committee on 10-22-03

General Education Courses Should Address One or More of the Information Literacy Standards


As defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries, information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." "Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. Information literacy is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education." The expected information literacy outcomes for the General Education Program follow:

Standard One: the ability to determine the nature, extent, and sources of information needed.

Standard Two: the ability to access information effectively and efficiently.

Standard Three: The ability to critically evaluate information and information sources.

Standard Four: The ability to use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose or complete a specific project.

Standard Five: The ability to understand the economic, social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding the access to and use of information.

Foundations, Tier One, and Tier Two classes should explicitly introduce students to important sources of information related to the content of the course. Instructors who require use of library resources, including online resources through the library, are strongly encouraged to consult with librarians in designing assignments. Students should also be informed about legal and ethical implications of using information, especially plagiarism.