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Resource guide for research in the areas of psychiatry, mental health and related neurosciences.

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information".

The information Literate person can--

  • 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

Evaluation of Resources- the Basics

A key component of Information Literacy is the critical evaluation of resources. The California State University at Chico created a memorable list of criteria by which to question and evaluate any information source. They are -

  • Currency-- the timeliness of the information
  • Relevance-- the importance of the information for your information needs
  • Authority-- the source of the information
  • Accuracy-- the reliabilty, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
  • Purpose-- the reason the information exists