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ACRL Information Literacy Standard 3


Information Literacy-Standard 3
Evaluating information and its sources critically and incorporating selected information into one's knowledge base and value system.
Contact: Dr. Monty L. McAdoo, Instructional Services Librarian (Room 231), 814-732-1070

According to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) standards, an information literate individual is one who:

1) Determines the nature and extent of the information needed
2) Accesses needed information effectively and efficiently
3) Evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system
4) Individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
5) Understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally

This page focuses on Standard #3.  For more information on this standard and on information literacy, please visit the ACRL's Information Literacy Web site.


Printed versus Electronic Indexes Although electronic indexes are increasingly more common than printed, both formats have advantages and disadvantages and are outlined in this table.
Why Evaluate? An overview of the need for and concepts surrounding evaluation of information.
Periodical Evaluation Not sure if you're using a peer-reviewed publication? This link outlines some of the differences between different types of periodicals.
Article Evaluation Sheet Worksheet for making comparisons between articles to see which are most suitable to your topic/project.
Web Site Evaluation A number of suggestions for comparing and evaluating Web sites.
Web Site Evaluation Sheet Worksheet for making comparisons between Web sites to see which are most suitable to your topic/project.
Helpful Sites To learn more about evaluating information, determining accuracy, and similar topics, please visit:
     Evaluating Information Found on the Web - Johns Hopkins University
     Information and Its Counterfeits - Johns Hopkins University
     Internet Detective - Institute for Learning and Research Technology

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