Information Literacy Goals and Proficiencies

The following Information Literacy Goals and Proficiencies as outlined here have been accepted and approved as a foundational strand in the Southern Oregon University general education curriculum as articulated in the University Studies--Strands, Goals, and Proficiencies.

Information Literacy - Access and Use Information Resources Effectively and Ethically

Goal One: Determine the nature and extent of information needed.

Individuals Will Be Able To:

  1. Develop and refine research questions.
  2. Identify key concepts and terms required to locate information.
  3. Examine and assess potential resources specific to research purpose.

Goal Two: Access information effectively and efficiently.

Individuals Will Be Able To:

  1. Differentiate among keywords, subject headings and descriptors.
  2. Differentiate between primary and secondary sources.
  3. Implement a variety of information search strategies.
  4. Use full array of library services to retrieve information.

Goal Three: Evaluate information and resources.

Individuals Will Be Able To:

  1. Determine accuracy of information by questioning source of data.
  2. Analyze limitations of information gathering tools or strategies.
  3. Investigate differing viewpoints in the information.

Goal Four: Integrate information ethically and legally.

Individuals Will Be Able To:

  1. Retrieve and manipulate information across contexts and in multiple formats.
  2. Understand intellectual property, copyright, and fair use of information.
  3. Cite sources using appropriate documentation style, without plagiarism or misrepresentation.
For more information
contact Dale Vidmar at 2-6842.