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Information Literacy Matrix

This matrix is designed and offered to Kutztown University faculty by the Rohrbach Library Information Literacy Committee.  It can be used to guide the incorporation of information literacy skill-attainment throughout, or as an element in the curriculum.  Components can be used as-is, or imaginatively framed for specific classes.

 

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The information literate student defines and articulates the need for information Understands the need to frame the research question

Develops a thesis statement

Knows how information is formally produced, organized and disseminated

Differentiates between types of sources (books vs articles; scholarly vs non-scholarly)

Differentiates between primary and secondary sources, recognizing how their use and importance vary with each discipline

Identifies the purpose and audience of potential resources (e.g. popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical)

Defines a realistic overall plan and timeline to acquire needed information

Recognizes the value of using information to strengthen his/her own arguments

Identifies the value and differences of potential resources in a variety of formats (e.g., multimedia, database, website, data set, audio/visual, book)

Articulates focused  research questions

Recognizes that existing information can be combined with original thought, experimentation, and/or analysis to produce new information

Describes criteria used to make information decisions and choices

Articulates focused research questions, re-evaluates it for clarity or precision, refines the question

Considers the costs and benefits of completing a particular research project in light of available financial resources

 

 

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The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently Selects the most appropriate investigative methods or retrieval systems (e.g.  laboratory experiment, simulation, fieldwork, survey…) Investigates benefits and applicability of various investigative methods

Investigates the scope, content, and organization of information retrieval systems

Constructs and implements effectively-designed search strategies.

Retrieves information in person or online using a variety of methods (e.g., browsing, strategizing, Boolean operations…)

Uses various classification schemes and other systems (e.g., call number systems) to locate information resources within the library. Uses surveys, letters, interviews, and other forms of inquiry to retrieve primary information

Synthesize selection, investigation and development of search strategies to obtain the most relevant sources.

 

 

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The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his/her knowledge base Reads text and selects main ideas.

Selects information that provides evidence for the topic

Investigates differing viewpoints encountered in the literature

Draws conclusions based upon information gathered

Recognizes the cultural, physical, or other context within which the information was created and understands the impact of context on interpreting the information

Considers whether or not the amount of information is sufficient to address the issue.

Uses consciously selected criteria to determine whether the information contradicts or verifies information used from other sources

Modifies search strategies to ensure that information is sufficient and focused enough to address the issue at the appropriate level

Draws conclusions based upon information gathered

Test theories with discipline-appropriate techniques (e.g., simulators, experiments, comparative charts…)

Examines and compares information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias

Tests theories with discipline-appropriate techniques

 

 

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The information literate student individually or as a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose Develops topic in essay or other format

Transfers knowledge and skills to plan and create new product or performance

Integrates new and prior information
Uses a range of information technology applications in creating the product or performance

Prepares an original annotated bibliography

Incorporates principles of design and communication

Communicates clearly and with a style that supports the purposes of the intended audience

Effectively organizes content in support of the purposes of a product, using multiple sources

Chooses a communication medium that best supports the purposes of the assignment

Uses an editorial style appropriate to the discipline

Chooses a communication medium that best supports the purposes of the assignment

Uses an editorial style appropriate to the discipline

 

 

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The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and accesses and uses information ethically and legally Understands what plagiarism is and does not plagiarize

Uses appropriate documentation style for citing sources

Observes copyright laws

Understands issues of privacy, information security censorship and freedom of speech

Observes copyright laws

Understands issues of privacy, information security censorship and freedom of speech

Understands issues of intellectual property, copyright, fair use of copyrighted material, human subject research, and other emerging ethical issues

Understands issues of intellectual property, copyright, fair use of copyrighted material, human subject research, and other emerging ethical issues

 

 
Page updated 18 March 2011