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Information Literacy: Be Savvy about your Sources: Overview

Information-savvy: Having a shrewd understanding of how to deal with information. Alternative descriptions: "Information Competency" or "Information Fluency"

Information Literacy = Searching Savvy

Information Literacy: Being able to define what you need, then find, choose, and use information well.
Define your information need - Narrow down, or broaden as needed

Find information efficiently - Library databases

Choose information - Is it worthy? 
Who says so?  Where did the information come from?  Why is the information being published or promoted? Follow the Money.  Who benefits?
Use information ethically by citing sources. 

Food for Thought

Information is like food.  (What do you feed your brain?)
When you are offered a buffet of all kinds of food, how do you choose what to consume?  People often consume only the information that confirms their worldview/ philosophical outlook.  It is hard work to look at the alternatives and evaluate the validity of ideas that are new or that conflict with one’s familiar worldview.  Try something new.  It will not always be an improvement, but sometimes you can be surprised at what you’ve been missing.  Myself, I often spice my info diet with fun science advances:

Free (Open Education Resources) OER Textbook from Open SUNY

Wisconsin Standards for Information and Technology Literacy

Google Custom Search of "Information Literacy" Websites

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