Information Literacy Core Competencies

Our librarians provide information literacy and research instruction to help students strengthen four core competencies.

4 competencies

Core competencies outcomes

  • Strategize research outcomes

    Level 1: Emerging

    Students explore topics of interest broadly in order to develop and refine research questions.

    • Create and modify a research plan as needed until sufficient information is gathered.
    • Browse and freely explore search engines, textbooks, encyclopedias and wikis to gather background information on a topic.
    • Develop a preliminary question, opinion or thesis on a topic.

    Level 2: Developing

    Students engage with deeper questions on specialized topics, including original research that contributes to the field of study.

    • Revise question, opinion or thesis as necessary in response to new information, including conflicting or alternate viewpoints.
    • Develop an original research question that contributes to the body of knowledge in the discipline, profession or community.
  • Search and find outcomes
  • Think critically and evaluate outcomes

    Level 1: Emerging

    Students will begin to synthesize and interpret information in order to effectively communicate knowledge and solve problems.

    • Appropriately interpret, synthesize and communicate information to integrate new ideas in a format and context appropriate to an intended audience.
    • Use information in context to analyze questions, solve problems and make decisions.
    • Evaluate information to determine whether, why and how it addresses the research question.
    • Evaluate the authority of a source given the context in which the information was created and is being used.

    Level 2: Developing

    Students will synthesize information from different perspectives and experiences. Students will engage in conversations as both information creators and consumers to negotiate meaning, in both traditional and emerging publishing environments.

    • Effectively communicate information in unpredictable and evolving publishing environments (e.g., social media, open access and open data).
    • Articulate how different cultural perspectives and experiences influence both the creation and consumption of information.
    • Collaborate and participate in scholarly, professional or creative communities (e.g., associations, teams, networks and communities of practice) to utilize and contribute to the knowledge of collective groups.
    • Identify perspectives and points of view in information sources.
    • Articulate the purpose and value of peer review in the context of scholarly communication.
  • Use information ethically outcomes

    Level 1: Emerging

    Students will respect the ethical and legal restrictions on the use of published and/or proprietary information.

    • Cite sources and contributing works of others appropriately.
    • Use quotations, paraphrasing and summarizing to integrate information appropriately into communications.

    Level 2: Developing

    Students will observe both general and specialized ethical standards for the access, use and dissemination of information.

    • Handle and use data, information and research results in a transparent and ethical manner, according to professional and/or scholarly standards.
    • Make informed choices as information creators regarding where and how information is published, recognizing that this impacts how others will perceive and use it.