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ACRL Information Literacy Standard 5



Information Literacy-Standard 5
Understanding some of the various ethical, legal, and socio-economic issues surrounding information and information technology.
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 #5. For more information on this standard and on information literacy, please visit the ACRL's Information Literacy Web site.


Using Information Responsibly An outline of some of the key concepts, issues, and concerns surrounding the use of information.
Anti-Plagiarism Handbook Developed and maintained by Dr. Wendy Austin (EUP English Dept. Faculty), this site provides quick, up-to-date advice and pertinent information on how to and why you should cite sources.
Citation Guides A list of some of the more commonly used citation and style guides available in the library.
Fair Use/Copyright A comic book that provides an excellent (and clever!)  introduction to the notions of copyright and fair use.  HTML, Flash Animation, and PDF versions are available.

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