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Information Literacy at North Carolina A&T State University

The Core Competency Standards

I. Define the research problem and the need for information by:

  1. Articulating a research question, problem, issue or information need.
  2. Becoming familiar with key concepts and terminology related to the research need by obtaining background information.
  3. Defining a manageable focus and timeline for completing the research need.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Formulating synonyms and related terms for accessing the various information retrieval systems as needed.
  3. Choosing terms suitable to the selected information retrieval systems to gain access.
  4. Reviewing successes and failures, revising research strategies and attempting different techniques and retrieval systems as needed.

III. Locate and retrieve information by:

  1. Utilizing the information retrieval systems suitable for the information need.
  2. Interpreting the components of a library record or citation accurately.
  3. Recognizing key elements such as call numbers, URLs and database icons to physically locate library materials.

IV. Evaluate information by:

  1. Distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sources of information.
  2. Investigating the authority, accuracy, timeliness and completeness of the information retrieved.
  3. Determining whether the information retrieved is relevant and sufficient for the information need.

V. Organize, synthesize and communicate information by:

  1. Managing the information selected and the research materials consulted.
  2. Integrating new and prior information from a variety of sources appropriate to the project (presentation, paper or product).
  3. Communicating the project (presentation, paper or product) effectively to others.

VI. Apply principles consistent with the ethical and legal uses of information by:

  1. Complying with institutional policies regarding intellectual property, plagiarism and fair use of copyrighted materials.
  2. Acknowledging sources appropriately.
  3. Creating accurate bibliography or reference page using a consistent citation style.


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Fall Semester Hours
Starting Weds., Aug. 19, 2015
Sunday 2pm+ (start 24hrs)
Monday–Thursday Open 24 Hours
Friday Open until 8pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Aggie One ID required for entry, 12m-7:30a
Upcoming Events
Break Hours - 7:30am-5pm, Oct. 12-13th (Mon. & Tue.) Oct 12, 2015 - Oct 13, 2015
Workshop: Grant Search Tools, COS Pivot & SPIN (Thu. 10-15-2015 @ 3pm) Oct 15, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM — Room 258 (Seminar Room), 2nd Floor Bluford Library
Workshop: Endnote® Made Easy (Tue. 10-20-2015 @ 10am) Oct 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Room 258 (Seminar Room), 2nd Floor Bluford Library
Workshop: Advanced Endnote® for Research Collaboration (Wed. 10-28-2015 @ 10am) Oct 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM — Room 258 (Seminar Room), 2nd Floor Bluford Library
Workshop: Endnote® Made Easy (Wed. 11-04-2015 @ 3pm) Nov 04, 2015 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM — Room 258 (Seminar Room), 2nd Floor Bluford Library
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