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Key Definition
"the adoption of appropriate information behaviour to identify, through whatever channel or medium, information well fitted to information needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society."




Why Information Literacy/Fluency is important to you as a learner?


With information available in many formats, and of varying quality, it is essential that the learner has the skills to enable them to exploit the wide range of information resources available and to retrieve, evaluate and use that information effectively.

By empowering the learner to develop these skills, the library can contribute to academic success and help ensure that you as learner become independent and successful lifelong learners in your chosen field of study.

Digital Information Fluency Model

Digital Information Fluency Model
Digital Information Fluency Model



By developing information literacy skills you will be able to:
  • Understand the need to use information and define your research topic
  • Identify the range of information resources available
  • Locate and access information using different library collections
  • Use search tools to locate relevant information by applying effective search strategies
  • Identify and use subject specific library databases
  • Use information independently and critically
  • Locate and evaluate quality information on the web
  • Cite information and use it in a responsible and ethical manner

This is an excellent document on the Information Literate Learner Standard - It is and excerpt from Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning, published by the American Library Association.




Studying & Researching


As a learner you take responsibility for your own study at third-level. The following websites contain some helpful tips …

Skills4Study
Produced by Palgrave, Macmillan

Effective Note Taking
From the Emerald - (IADT Library subscribes to this database) - Study Skills Resources site

Study Skills Self Help Information
From Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Smart Research Strategies
Produced by Ohio State University Libraries

Top Tips for Research Skills
A BBC site



Critical Thinking


Critical Thinking is a key academic skill. It takes time and practice to become a good critical thinker. Click on the links below for more information ...

Developing Critical Thinking Skills
From the Emerald (IADT library subscribes to this database) Study Skills Resources site

Critical Thinking
From the UniLearning site, University of Wollongong, Australia


Writing Up - Essays, Reports & Presentations

Learn more about essay and report writing and how to avoid plagiarism from the following sites …

Mind Maps
From the Emerald (IADT library subscribes to this database) Study Skills Resources site.

Essay Writing
Produced by the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Report Writing
Produced by the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Making Effective Presentations
Tips from the Emerald (IADT library subscribes to this database) Study Skills Resources site.

More on Plagiarism & How To Avoid It
From the Emerald (IADT library subscribes to this database) Study Skills Resources site.



Useful Additional Links

UniLearning -
The UniLearning website was developed through a National Teaching Development Grant provided by the Committee for University Teaching and Staff Development (CUTSD).

Thinking Writing
This site is for academic staff who teach in any discipline in HE
It is designed to be:
A guide to using writing in your teaching
A practical resource
An introduction to a pedagogical approach
A discussion forum and point of contact


This link takes you to a page on developing your Research Question.

There is a useful quiz that tests you on whether research questions are too narrow or too broad.




Blogs about Information Literacy

http://information-literacy.blogspot.com/
http://www.information-literacy.net/
http://infolitlib20.blogspot.com/

Wikis on Information Literacy

http://wikis.ala.org/acrl/index.php/Information_Literacy_Sites