What's in this guide
The General Education Core at the University of Cincinnati recognizes information literacy as "an essential skill that supports each of the baccalaureate competencies and must permeate every component of the General Education Core."
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as 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" and emphasizes that "Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning."
Effective information literacy education requires collaboration of faculty and librarians and should be integrated into courses at all levels to provide reinforcement of skills.
The purpose of this guide is to assist faculty with integration of information literacy skills. The guide is organized by groups of essential information competencies: identifying the information need, finding, evaluating, and using information. For each competency we provide sample learning outcomes, suggestions for assignments and activities, links to tutorials and guides, and tools for assessing how students understand the concepts and apply them to their course work. Additional tips on assignments, instructional approaches and assessment are provided under separate tabs.
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