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Information Literacy Instruction Program

Information Literacy at UNO

Information literacy forms the basis of lifelong learning. It is essential and common to all disciplines, all levels of education, and everyday life. The information literate student will be able to meet pre-set learning outcomes after successfully completing information literacy instruction at the University of New Orleans. The Information Literacy Instruction Program at the University of New Orleans models its overall student learning outcomes off of the information literacy outcomes set forth by the ACRL and they are as follows: 

After participation in Information Literacy Instruction, throughout their academic education, UNO students and graduates, will emerge as information literate individuals and will be able to: 

  • Determine the extent of information needed for their assignments and research; 
  • Access needed and relevant information effectively and efficiently; 
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically;
  • Incorporate selected information into one's own knowledge base;
  • Apply value and use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; 
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, as well as access and use information ethically and legally while participating in and adding value to learning communities. 

**Keep in mind, the information literacy instruction learning outcomes for the first-year writing program are more specific and are designed for an incoming students growing base of knowledge. 

The student learning outcomes listed above reflect the information literate student that will one day graduate from the University of New Orleans. During a students matriculation at UNO there are several different levels of student learning outcomes to complete. In partnership with General Education requirements, the First-Year Experience Program, and the First-Year Writing Program, information literacy learning outcomes for the first year student are as follows: 

1.1 Students can identify an information need to determine the level of authority required from information sources;

1.2 Students can define an appropriate research question; 

1.3 Students can choose keywords that can retrieve relevant and authoritative information; 

1.4 Students understand how to apply and use search connectors to tailor their search to find information more effectively; 

1.5 Students understand how to find and select relevant and authoritative books, articles, reference materials, etc.;

1.6 Students can identify appropriate virtual, human, and physical information resources and services; 

1.7 Students can distinguish between popular and scholarly sources of information; 

1.8 Students understand how to evaluate websites for authority and appropriateness as sources of information; 

1.9 Students can communicate information from information sources for a specific purpose while applying the proper citation style to document their information sources. 

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