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FYS 100-12: Sexton-Radek - Dreams and the Dreamer: Information Literacy


What does Information literacy look like at EU?

Information literacy is something you'll use in your classrooms every day at Elmhurst University.  You'll be asked to write assignments, research topics, find reliable sources, and then use those sources responsibly.

Keep in mind that if you have any questions about this process, please make sure to ask those questions!  You're your own advocate for your education, so it is important to ask questions along the way. Don't hesitate to contact a librarian!

  • First Year Seminar
  • ENG 106 - Composition 1
  • Integrated Curriculum classes
  • Major and Capstone courses

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is a term that you might not hear much, but it is an integral part of what you do as a college student. 

Much of the definitions used to describe information literacy comes from the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). 

At Elmhurst University, when we discuss information literacy, we're concerned with how you:

  1. Find information
  2. Evaluate the information found
  3. Use the information in your assignments ethically and legally

Why is Information Literacy Important?

For college students, information literacy is part of a larger set of skills, which includes critical thinking, critical reading, reasoning, and critical writing. These are skills that promote and enhance all learning.  Wilson (2015) notes that the advantages of being information literate include:

  • Better critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Develop higher-order thinking skills essential for excellence in the school and the workplace.
  • Individuals are able to communicate in knowledgeable, logical, and defensible ways regarding their work.
  • Enhanced ability to effectively participate in problem solving and decision making.

Wilson, G. (2015).  100% Information literacy success.  Stamford, Cengage Learning