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Academic and Information Literacies: Information Literacy - Getting Started

Information Literacy Competencies - Starter Level

At this level students should be able to;

B.1  Recognize the importance of using good quality information resources to complete an assignment

B.2  Clearly identify and understand the assignment question or problem

B.3  Find first level support available from the library, both within the library and on the library website

B.4  Identify the appropriate kinds of resources needed for a particular piece of coursework

B.5  Find materials on resources lists, including books and journal articles, using the library catalogue

B.6  Distinguish between different types of references and identify different kinds of resources from their reference on a resources list

B.7  Identify appropriate key words to find information on a particular topic and draft a basic search strategy

B.8  Access online resources remotely using appropriate routes and authentication

B.9  Use key services such as printing, photocopying, books and reservation

B.10  Use class numbers to find items on the library shelves

B.11  Use the table of contents and index of a book to locate relevant information within it

B.12  Select relevant items from a resources list or library catalogue search for a specific topic

B.13  Evaluate information from web pages for relevance, bias and authority

B.14  Identify, interpret and synthesise relevant points from an information source

B.15  Reference sources accurately for us on a bibliography and within own text using UCS Harvard referencing

B.16  Quote, paraphrase and cite ideas obtained from other sources

B.17  Understand the basic concepts of plagiarism and how to avoid it

B.18  Incorporate the information found into the assignment topic using appropriate methods, e.g. essay, presentation, report, etc.

B.19  Reflect on their own research process to identify its strengths and weaknesses and alternative strategies for the future