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Information Literacy

Learn the basics of information literacy--the ability to know good, trustworthy sources. Help yourself or your students to master these skills.


What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is basically knowing good, credible sources from those that are biased, lacking good factual information from untrustworthy sources.

The American Library Association states that an Information Literate person should be able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

Why is it important?

Just look around social media, on television, and in paper sources: Mis-information abounds--it's everywhere! A functioning society requires one that has citizens that are knowledgeable enough to make crucial decisions well. It is everything from purchasing food, headphones, cars, and houses to voting in the next election and raising their children well. So jump right in and increase your Information Literacy.

Resources on Information Literacy

Library Passwords

Library Resources Require passwords when accessing from off campus.  The log in information is the same as your Iowa Lakes Username and Password.

Information Literacy in the News

Library Resources Canvas Guide

Video Tutorials

Iowa Lakes Community College Libraries Video Tutorials

ILCC provides a range of short video tutorials that explain where to look for library and online resources, how to access them, Subject Guides, keyword searching, and so much more. For additional videos in library and information literacy, click the bottom link to the Iowa Lakes Community College Libraries YouTube page.

**And for added fun, find the birds! Where are they hiding? Look below. 


Finding Online Library Resources
What are Subject Guides?

Discover a great source for finding resources online in just seconds by either going through your Canvas course and clicking on "ILCC Library Guides" or from the ILCC Library website:


Keyword Searching

Find the right word each time.

Search Limiters

Find quick ways of finding just the right articles and eBooks.

How To Cite

Find out how to cite your source in seconds.