General Education Outcomes

Information Literacy

Students will access, use and evaluate information in a variety of formats, keeping in mind social, legal and ethical issues surrounding information access in today's society.


  1. Define and articulate a need for information.
    • Identify an information need.
    • Formulate questions based on the information need.
    • Identify key concepts and terms that describe the information need.
  2. Locate, access and use information from a variety of sources.
    • Identify existing and emerging information resources.
    • Select and use the most appropriate tools and strategies for accessing needed information.
    • Use information to accomplish a specific purpose.
    • Apply information retrieval and selection skills and concepts to emerging technologies.
  3. Identify the basic principles of how information is produced, stored, organized, transmitted and accessed.
    • Identify basic concepts of information organization, in online, print and other formats.
    • Identify the basic structural features of an information system and how they are used.
    • Evaluate the effect of emerging technologies on information production, storage, organization, transmission and access.
  4. Critically evaluate information and its sources.
    • Extract relevant information from a source.
    • Evaluate online and print sources for objectivity, authority, accuracy, and currency. 
  5. Use information, considering the economic, legal, ethical and social issues surrounding its access and use. 
    • Identify the role of information in personal, professional and academic areas.
    • Discuss the changing nature and role of information and information access and privacy issues in society.
    • Use information ethically and legally, considering issues such as plagiarism and copyright.