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Research and Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy begins with an understanding of our individual needs for information.  It is "the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information," (according to definition by ACRL) and requires that we use information ethically.

Why is Information Literacy important?

Information literacy is important because we find ourselves in an increasingly complex environment.  Not all information is equal; some is authoritative, current, reliable, but some is biased, out of date, misleading, and false. The amount of information available is going to keep increasing.  The types of technology used to access, manipulate, and create information will likewise expand.

How will I use Information Literacy skills?

Information literacy skills are used for academic purposes, such as research papers and group presentations. They're needed on the job—the ability to find, evaluate, use and share information is an essential skill. As a consumer these skills can help you to make wise and economical choices.  You'll also use these skills by participating fully in our democratic system of government by becoming informed about the issues before you vote.

  • Evaluating Information Sources — an introduction to various types of information sources
  • Choosing a Topic — broadening and narrowing a topic and discusses search concepts
  • Library & Web — looks at the comparative evaluation of Web sources
  • SAILS Online Catalog — how to use the Library catalog effectively
  • Find Articles — what is an article database and how to use it to find scholarly articles
  • Info Ethics — why and how to use citations, and covers the topic of plagiarism
  • Faculty — Information for Faculty

More Information

Evaluating Information Sources
Choosing a Topic
Library & Web
SAILS Online Catalog
Find Articles
Information Ethics

Contact Details

Fall River Campus Library
777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA 02720
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 2105
Location: Building A

Spring semester hours

M-R: 7:30am - 9:00pm
F: 7:30am - 6:00pm
S: 10:00am - 6:00pm
U: 11:00am - 6:00pm

New Bedford Campus Library
188 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 4009
Location: NS164

Spring semester hours

M-R: 7:30am - 7:30pm
F: 7:30am - 4:00pm
S: 8:30am - 3:00pm
U: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Attleboro Campus Library
11 Field Road, Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 3745
Location: 107

Spring semester hours:

M-R: 8:00AM - 7:30PM
F: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
S: 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Su: Closed

Event Calendar

Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:45:00 GMT

Placement Testing-Fall River-Tuesday, April 21, 2015-13025 (4/21/2015)


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Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Priority Advisement for current students by appointment only (4/21/2015)


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Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:15:00 GMT

Placement Testing-Fall River-Tuesday, April 21, 2015-13026 (4/21/2015)


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Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:00:00 GMT

Computer Information Systems and Business Students: From BCC to UMD (4/21/2015)


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