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This resource is designed for use in the BGSU 1000 course.

Information Literacy

What does it mean to be an information literate college student at BGSU?

Information literacy is defined as being able to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.*" In other words, you have to know what you need, where to find it, how to tell if it's any good, and what to do with it.

Many of us take for granted that we have these skills. We all know how to use Google, right? However, the information environment in higher education is a complex one, and you'll need to learn new skills to take advantage of it.

This guide will help you understand how information is generated, organized, and accessed. Getting a handle on this will prepare you to conduct your research more efficiently and with greater ease.

*American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)


Guide authors:


Rob Snyder

First Year Experience Coordinator


Originally created with Colleen Boff and Joelle Thomas