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UT Libraries Resources for High Schools

This research guide orients high schools groups visiting the library at UTK. It is a refresher for groups that have already visited the university.

What is information literacy?

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."

                                                              -Adapted from the Association of College and Research Libraries (1989)

Information Literacy Steps

Step 1: Determine the extent of information needed.

Step 2: Access the needed information effectively and efficiently.

Step 3: Evaluate information and its sources critically.

Step 4: Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base.

Step 5: Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Step 6: Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information.

Adapted from ACRL (1989)