The UJ Library Information Literacy Modules
What is Information Literacy?
Information literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed and also to understand how the information is organised. It is also the ability to identify the best sources of information for a given need, to locate these sources and then to evaluate them critically before sharing that information. It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques.
Why is Information Literacy important?
Information literacy is critically important because we are surrounded by a growing ocean of information in all formats. Not all information is created equally – some is authoritative, current and reliable, whereas other information can be biased, outdated, misleading, and false. The amount of information available is continuously increasing. The types of technology used to access, manipulate and create information will likewise expand.
How will I use Information Literacy Skills?
Information literacy skills are used for academic purposes, such as in preparing research papers and group presentations. They are used on the job – the ability to find, evaluate, use and share information is an essential skill. Consumer decisions, such as which car or which vacuum cleaner to purchase, are critical. You will also use these skills by participating fully in a democratic society as an informed citizen by understanding issues and voting.
In order to assist our students in learning about information literacy, the UJ Library has created a unique, modular hands-on approach. These modules can be accessed via the Library web page and ULink.
Module 1 - Introduction to the Library
Module 2 - Information Sources
Module 3 - Online Search Strategies