Today, I’m going to be discussing the importance of Information
Literacy to students in the Humanities. What is Information
Litracy? Why is it important?
To be information literate, a person must be able to recognise
when information is needed and have the ability to locate,
evaluate and use effectively the information needed. Ultimately
information literate people are those who have learned how to
learn. They know how to learn because they know how
knowledge is organised, how to find information, and how to use
information in such a way that others can learn from them.
Why should we study Information Literacy? How is it relevant to
History or English Literature or Education Studies
or Caribbean Studies or Ethics or Film Stuies or
Theatre Studies or Translation or Performing Arts
or Spanish and Latin American Studies or French?
This is what I am going to look at in the following
Why study Information
Literacy? Looking for
Read the module booklet
Your reading list
Ask the lecturer
He or she may be able to tell you what
sources to use and where to find the
information in them
Ask other students
They might use the same sources as you
and your essays will be very similar
Check the library catalogue or the
Internet to find books that aren’t on your
reading list and useful websites too!
Information Literacy skills?
Knowing where to look for information in the
Library catalogue, the Internet, newsapers,
academic databases (some are on CD-Rom), online
journals, and evaluating information you find
Is your information relevent and up-to-date
and reliable and the right amount?
Processing, presenting and referencing the
A a wbpage or a printed document, with pictures
or just text, using quotations or not,
referencing properly with a bibliography for
everything, inlcuding websites?
What This Means
Information Literacy not just IT skills & using
Fully information literate overnight - not
Final year student need new skills
Use Information Literacy website
Rader, Information Literacy and
the Undergraduate Curriculum