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Digital Literacy: Information Literacy

Develop skills and confidence to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world

Information Literacy: Definition

Information Literacy is inseparable from Digital Literacy, CILIP defines Information Literacy as:

“Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgments about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society” CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, 2018.

Developing Digital and Information Literacy skills, capabilites and behaviours empowers individuals to "evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals" (UNESCO, 2005); it is a key skill expected by all employers.

The skills you need to effectively use the resources and tools provided through the Library and elsewhere in the University College are a part of your academic and professional development. They are generally termed 'Information Literacy'.  Your information literacy skills influence the knowledge and understanding you bring to your subject as well as your ability to complete assignments to an acceptable standard. Just as with essay writing (one part of academic literacy) and digital literacy, your abilities will improve as you practice and gain expertise searching for, selecting, and critically evaluating information.

Training on Information Literacy

The Library and Learning Services Team run training sessions on Information Literacy including all aspects of 'Finding, Evaluating and Using Information' including:

  • Planning a search, using different search techniques, such as phrase searching
  • Searching subject databases effectively for journal articles
  • Getting hold of other quality material, such as ebooks and reports
  • Critically evaluating information 
  • What is a Reference, how to 'Do Referencing' and manage your references using online tools
    For more details contact the team.

ANCIL: A New Curriculum for Information Literacy

ANCIL's Information Literacy Model image

"ANCIL [one model of information literacy] divides information literacy into 10 aspects or ‘strands’ which encompass the whole process of study and research. Students need to develop their skills, behaviour and attitudes in each strand in order to perform at their best and become autonomous learners". ANCIL. The Library and Learning Services Team have mapped some undergraduate AECC University College units with the ANCIL model, if you are interested in finding out more about this contact the Library and Learning Services Team.

Information Literacy Models


There are several Information Literacy Models, start exploring the models, definitions and related literacies using the links above.