Information Literacy at North Carolina A&T State University
The Core Competency Standards
I. Define the research problem and the need for information by:
- Articulating a research question, problem, issue or information need.
- Becoming familiar with key concepts and terminology related to the research need by obtaining background information.
- Defining a manageable focus and timeline for completing the research need.
- Identifying the types and formats of materials that can be used for research (books, journals, government documents, media, electronic resources, websites, etc.)
II. Construct effective search strategies appropriate for an information need by:
- Differentiating among the types of available tools at North Carolina A&T State University (specialized encyclopedias, article databases, citation indexes, bibliographies, library catalogs, search engines, etc.) and the value of each.
- Formulating synonyms and related terms for accessing the various information retrieval systems as needed.
- Choosing terms suitable to the selected information retrieval systems to gain access.
- Reviewing successes and failures, revising research strategies and attempting different techniques and retrieval systems as needed.
III. Locate and retrieve information by:
- Utilizing the information retrieval systems suitable for the information need.
- Interpreting the components of a library record or citation accurately.
- Recognizing key elements such as call numbers, URLs and database icons to physically locate library materials.
IV. Evaluate information by:
- Distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sources of information.
- Investigating the authority, accuracy, timeliness and completeness of the information retrieved.
- Determining whether the information retrieved is relevant and sufficient for the information need.
V. Organize, synthesize and communicate information by:
- Managing the information selected and the research materials consulted.
- Integrating new and prior information from a variety of sources appropriate to the project (presentation, paper or product).
- Communicating the project (presentation, paper or product) effectively to others.
VI. Apply principles consistent with the ethical and legal uses of information by:
- Complying with institutional policies regarding intellectual property, plagiarism and fair use of copyrighted materials.
- Acknowledging sources appropriately.
- Creating accurate bibliography or reference page using a consistent citation style.
- ALA. Association of College and Research Libraries. 2000. The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Chicago: American Library Association. Retrieved October 20, 2005.
- AASL. American Association of School Librarians and Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning. Chicago: American Library Association, 1998. A&T Stacks Z711.2.I49 1998 also available from NetLibrary A&T access: ebook.
- UCLA Library. (2005). Information Literacy Resources for Librarians. Retrieved December 2, 2008.