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How to Make History: Information Literacy Resources

Introduction

As defined by the American Library Association (ALA):

Information Literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."

As defined by the American Library Association:

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

References:

American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)

History Research Tutorial

10 Basic Terms

Physical Library

Library of Congress Classification

Professional Organizations for Librarians and Archivists

Digital Library (Databases, etc.)

General Purpose LibGuides from Siena College Librarians

Assessments