Q. What is Information Literacy?


With the proliferation of technology it has become increasingly important to understand how to find and use information. Whether students are pursuing a degree in nursing, communications, or the liberal arts, every graduating student should be information literate. This is why Delaware County Community College adopted information literacy as one of its college-wide competencies in 2010.

Information literacy is the ability to:

  • Formulate a research question (knowing what information is needed)
  • Find information (identifying which type of information best fulfills the stated need)
  • Evaluate the quality of the information (determining if the information found is accurate, reliable, and appropriate)
  • Use the information in an ethical and legal manner (knowing what is legal and ethical when using information for research or personal use)
  • Last Updated Nov 14, 2016
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  • Answered By Eleanor Goldberg

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