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Information Literacy Initial Assessment

Information Literacy Pre-Test

Information Literacy Post-Test 

Library Instruction Survey Spring 2011

Northern Maine Community College is committed to educating students regarding collecting, evaluating and using information properly. Northern Maine Community College’s definition of an information literate student is one who can clearly articulate information needs, confidently search for and access information from a variety of sources, locate, evaluate, and use that information ethically and legally for research and personal purposes.  The ability to find, evaluate, and interpret information is a skill that will serve students well throughout their lifetime.

Information literacy is all about defining your information needs, searching effectively for that information in the appropriate places, using that information in an ethical and legal manner, evaluating the information you locate, and then using it in your research. The first steps in beginning your research are to clearly define your information need.  Consider the problem or question and state it in a way that will give you several terms to search. 

When you review information sources, consider your topic and then select the appropriate place to look for that information.  For example, if you are searching a science topic, then a science database would be appropriate.  A nursing topic or allied health topic would be best searched using a nursing & allied health database.  

Librarians can help you locate appropriate sources and will work with you on your search strategy.

Once you locate your information, you will need to evaluate it in terms of credibility, appropriateness, reliability, and determine whether or not the information is valid and relevant for your research purposes.

Then consider organizing your data and research so that you can use it effectively.

Finally, a researcher needs to communicate the information via a presentation, paper, proposal, or other means.  All of your information sources must be appropriately cited using a citation style such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.   Researchers must also consider ethical and legal uses of the information by avoiding both copyright infringement and unintended plagiarism. 

Keeping good notes and citing sources as you conduct your research are ways to ensure that the work you submit is your own and that you are giving credit to others when appropriate.

If you have questions, contact the library for assistance.

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