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Academic Integrity: Information Literacy

Why is Information Literacy so important?

It is vital that students have the skills to enable them to use the wide range of information sources available online and in print.

Students need to be able to retrieve, evaluate and use information effectively. By helping students to develop information literacy skills, we can contribute to their academic success and help our graduates become independent and successful lifelong learners.


ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education articulate the set of abilities required to identify, find, locate and evaluate information to meet a research need.

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education advances the knowledge, skills and abilities of information literacy and grounds them into threshold concepts needed to move to the next step in the learning process.

SCONUL Seven Pillar of Information Literacy defines core abilities and understandings of information literacy in higher education.

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Information literacy is defined as:

“the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyse, and use information” (American Library Association, 2000).

About Information Literacy

During your time in GMIT you will be expected to read course materials to inform and educate yourself with the subjects you are studying and to write assignments set out by your lecturers. The majority of the material is provided as recommended reading lists, printed course packs or links to electronic copies of books and articles provided through GMIT’s VLE LearnOnline.

However, you will also be expected to develop your learning and do research beyond what is set by your lecturers to show your understanding of the subjects you are studying. This requires you to search, find and evaluate information independently on the topics you are studying. To do this effectively you need good information skills. With information accessible in various formats and quality, it is important that students have the skills needed to allow them to use the variety of information resources available and to retrieve, evaluate and use that information successfully.

Information Literacy Instruction

As part of the Learning & Innovation Skills (LIS) First-Year Experience (FYE) module the library offers four standalone Information Literacy Instruction sessions which aim to provide students with the key competencies to learn information literacy skills:


Find out what information literacy is and why we need it.

How the Library Help

The library offers training to all students to equip them to use and understand the library, recognise that information is available in a variety of formats, determine when information is needed and find it, evaluate the quality of information, and use information ethically and legally.

The library has professional staff that has the means and skills to help students become competent and skilled learners.

The library has all the resources to assist students with their academic journey.

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