Information Literacy

“Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about
any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed
views and to engage fully with society.” (CILIP, 2018)

Information Literacy is a key skill taught by your Faculty Librarians. We usually meet you in a lecture
or workshop at least once during your course. Lecture and workshop content is supported by online
learning resources which you can explore in your own time to develop this crucial skill for your
studies and beyond.

What skills do you already have and which do you need to develop?  Visit the CILIP Information Literacy website for more information.

Staff members; contact your Faculty Librarian to discuss embedding Information Literacy into your course


When planning your assignment you should consider the following:

  • Why do you need the information?  Is it for an essay, a report, a presentation or to inform a design?
    • Refer to Moodle for details of your assignment, including how it will be marked.
  • What do you need to find out about?  What is your question asking you to do?
  • How are you going to search for the information?  What keywords and phrases are going to help you locate relevant information
    • Choosing Keywords explains how to improve the relevance of your search results significantly.
  • Where are you going to look for the information?  For example, do you need up-to-date information from newspapers, academic journal articles, statistical data, an image or a video?
    • The Ocean of Information guides you to appropriate sources for different contexts. It also links to guidance on how to reference them correctly.

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