Foundations  

 

Information Literacy  

 

Definition  

 

The ability to access and use information ethically, legally, and responsibly; determine the extent of information needed; access the needed information; evaluate information and sources critically; and use information to accomplish a specific purpose. 

Learning Outcomes  

 
 1. Use information ethically, legally and responsibly: 
    • Understand the concept of academic integrity and practices to avoid plagiarism.  
    • Cite, quote, and paraphrase sources correctly.  

 2. Determine the extent of information needed:   

    •  Define key concepts within a research statement.  
    •  Identify types of information sources.  

 3. Access the needed information:   

    •  Find information using a variety of search strategies.  
    •  Consult multiple sources when gathering information.  
    •  Develop awareness of resources available at Viterbo.  

 4. Evaluate information and sources critically:   

    •  Recognize and explain bias, authority, and reliability of sources.  
    •  Identify and question assumptions in compiled research.  

5. Use information to accomplish a specific purpose:   

    •  Organize and communicate information from sources to meet the purpose of the assignment. 
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Ways to fulfill competencies  

 

This skill will be developed in English 103, 104, 105, or 195 for incoming freshmen. All transfer students must take a one-credit information literacy course, UNST-301. (Note: this single credit may be also included in an existing course.)  

These courses have been granted provisional status as IL Foundations courses:  

INFO 150 (IL status deleted 3.2012), INST 395, MUSC 328 (IL status deleted 3.2012), NURS 340, OMGT 302, UNST 295* (Must be taken at VU, not transferred, AP, CLEP.)  

*For students who completed an AA or AS through Viterbo University and have continued on to a bachelor degree program



Current listing of LIVE courses (registrar's page) 

 Information Literacy test-out procedure 

Information Literacy Rubric 

 
 
Last updated: 11.13.2013