Information Literacy & General Education

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Information Literacy is one of ten General Education Competencies at Chesapeake College. Listed below are the eight sub-competencies that compose the Information Literacy competency.

Definition: Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe how information is organized, formatted, and stored.
  2. Determine the nature, focus, and extent of the knowledge required.
  3. Access needed resource material effectively and efficiently.
  4. Evaluate information and its sources critically.
  5. Extract, synthesize, and summarize information.
  6. Incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base.
  7. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, as an individual or as a member of a group.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the economic, legal and ethical issues affecting the access and use of information, and adhere to institutional policies.

For related standards, see AACU's Information Literacy VALUE rubric and ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.