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Critical Evaluation of Information - Resources for Instructors

Information Literacy and Critical Thinking

What is information literacy?

Formal definition: [T]he set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.” (ACRL, 2016. Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

Informal definition: the ability to analyze an information need, and find, critically evaluate, and use information to meet that need.

Information literacy and critical thinking are fundamentally connected. 

 

Venn diagram showing overlap between critical thinking and information literacy