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The Research Process of Information Literacy

What Is Information Literacy?

puzzled womanInformation literacy is the ability to understand when information is needed and to find, evaluate, and use information to help make sound decisions in life, whether for academic, professional, or personal purposes.

Using information literacy to make decisions about your academic research assignments involves applying the research process of information literacy:

  1. Identify the information you need.
  2. Find the best source(s) for the needed information.
  3. Search your chosen resource(s) for your information. 
  4. Evaluate your retrieved information.
  5. Use your information to successfully complete your assignment.

The research process of information literacy is a repetitive process, meaning that instead of moving through the process sequentially, as in a checklist, you may repeat steps of the process as necessary in order to discover the best information to support your topic.  

The steps of the research process: identify, search, evaluate, use.

This guide will help you navigate the stages of the research process of information literacy as you complete your assignments. Utilize the "Next" and "Previous" links at the bottom of each page to advance through the guide, or use the tabs on the left to choose a specific topic you would like to learn more about.

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