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Information Literacy

Information Literacy is a very important issue to Bucks Libraries. In this space we will attempt to provide the college community with important information, resources, and links.


Information Literacy is most easily defined by the ACRL as "the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information."*

Information literacy definition: Learners in all situations receive and process information in many different ways. Therefore, information literacy is the finding of information in the myriad sources available to the learner, the learner’s evaluation of information as relevant, appropriate, and credible for the task at hand, and the learner’s ethical use of the new information. Ideally, classroom faculty and librarians collaborate to guide learners to these skills and strategies.

Mission statement: The mission of the Bucks County Community College Library’s Information Literacy program is to collaborate with classroom faculty to teach students how to find, retrieve, evaluate, and use information ethically and efficiently for success in their courses and as lifelong learners.

*From the ACRL web site. See below for links to their very useful Information Literacy Web site.

Bucks Libraries Information Literacy Resources
CRAAPP Test Web  Use this tool for evaluating the reliability of Web sites.
CRAAPP Test Articles  Use this tool for evaluating the scholarly rigor and appropriateness of published articles.
Tutorials Web tutorials designed to orient Bucks students to the College's research resources and services, and to basic searching skills.
LibGuides Online research guides for courses and subject areas created by our librarians.
Evaluating Websites

It is very important to keep in mind that all information found on the internet may not be accurate. Learn the basics of evaluating websites.

IL Instruction Information literacy sessions are available through the libraries at all BCCC campuses and online.
Individual IL Session Requests This form is for students who would like to schedule either a face-to-face or web-based individual session with a librarian for in-depth assistance with research for a class assignment, including multimedia assignments.
Dewey Decimal Classification Learn about those numbers on the spine of the book. What do they mean? How do I read them?
More Resources

The Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) maintains an Information Literacy Web site. This is a very useful resource for this topic.