Information Literacy Test

What is Information Literacy?

One's information literacy is measured by one's knowledge of and facility with common research methods. In general, one is "literate" when one is able to:

  • determine the type of information needed to answer a specific question;
  • understand where that information is situated within larger organizational structures of knowledge (i.e., the Dewey decimal system);
  • identify the best sources of information needed in this particular case;
  • find those sources, either in print or online;
  • evaluate the sources critically;
  • incorporate that information into your own intellectual efforts.

 

Why is Information Literacy important?

Surrounded by ever-expanding fields of information, accessible through constantly changing technological paths, we must learn to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Some of the questions we need to ask when sifting through the results of information retrieval are:

  • Is this information current, or outdated?
  • Impartial, or biased?
  • Reliable, or misleading?
  • Validated, or unsupported?
  • Authoritative, or amateurish?

 

How will I use Information Literacy skills?

You will use your information literacy skills in a wide variety of activities throughout your life:

  • as a student, when working on research papers and group presentations;
  • as a member of the workforce, which prizes the ability to find, evaluate, use and share information;
  • as a consumer, whether you're choosing between cars or vacuum cleaners;
  • as an informed citizen, by debating the issues and investigating candidates.

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Follow each tab from Modules 1 through 6, and don't forget to answer the quiz at the end the test. Good luck!