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What is Information
The Association of College and Research Libraries
competency standards for higher education.
The information literate student is able
- Determine the extent of information
- Access the needed information
effectively and efficiently.
- Evaluate information and its sources
- Incorporate selected information into
one's knowledge base.
- Use information effectively to
accomplish a specific purpose.
- Understand the economic, legal, and
social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use
information ethically and legally.
see my 2005 NITOP (National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology)
PowerPoint presentation on Information Competency in Biological
Psychology. This file includes fourteen assignments that can be used to
promote information competence.
here to see sample assignment instructions that I use in class.
Sample Information Competency
- Identify three websites that contain
information relevant to your research topic. Evaluate each site for
relevance, currency, accuracy, credibility, and coverage.
- After reading five resources for your
topic, answer the following questions:
- What was your opinion of the topic
prior to reading your resources?
- Did your opinion change as a result
of your reading?
- Which resource was most influential?
- Which resource was least
- Identify three leading experts in your
area of interest. Compare and contrast their ideas. Who influences you
the most and why?
- Compare the bibliographies from two
current papers on the same topic. Which do you think is better and why?
- Assign a controversial reading, such
as Richard de Grandpre's "Is
your ADHA support group a front organization for the pharmaceutical
Ask students to do one or more of the following
- Examine each of the author's
assertions using other resources.
- Investigate the author, and comment
on any possible biases.
- Investigate sources quoted in the
article and comment on possible biases.
- Rewrite the article as objectively
Resources for Information Competency
UC Berkeley Library Tutorial: Finding Information on the Internet
Information Competence Tutorials
University of Texas Information
City University of New York
Information Competency Tutorials
Information Competency in Biological Psychology
A. Freberg and Gayle Brosnan-Watters)
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