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Advanced Information Literacy Learning Outcomes

NOTE: Basic Skills are a prerequisite.

The information literate student at the advanced level (taking 300 level or grad courses) can:
  • Select and focus a research topic
  • Locate major print bibliographic and reference sources appropriate to the discipline of a research topic.
  • Identify more specific concepts that comprise a research topic.
  • Narrow a broad topic and broaden a narrow one by modifying the scope or direction of the question.
  • Understand how information is formally and informally produced, organized and disseminated.
  • Describe the publication cycle appropriate to the discipline of a research topic.
  • Identify and use appropriate general or subject-specific sources to discover terminology related to an information need.
  • Identify the purpose and audience of potential resources (e.g., popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical).
  • Differentiate between primary and secondary sources.
  • Access needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Identify the differences between freely available Internet search tools and subscription or fee-based databases.
  • Select appropriate tools (e.g., indexes, online databases) for research on a particular topic.
  • Describe the structure and components of the system or tool being used.
  • Distinguish between full-text and bibliographic databases.
  • Analyze and interpret the information collected using a growing awareness of key terms and concepts to decide whether to search for additional information or to identify more accurately when the information need has been met.
  • Initiate an interlibrary loan request by filling out and submitting a form either online or in person.
  • Examine footnotes and bibliographies from retrieved items to locate additional sources.
  • Follow, retrieve and evaluate relevant online links to additional sources.
  • Construct and implement effectively-designed search strategies
  • Identify alternate terminology, including synonyms, broader or narrower words and phrases that describe a topic.
  • Identify when and where controlled vocabulary is used in a bibliographic record, and then successfully search for additional information using that vocabulary.
  • Narrow or broaden questions and search terms to retrieve the appropriate quantity of information, using search techniques such as Boolean logic, limiting, and field searching.
  • Describe search functionality common to most databases regardless of differences in the search interface (e.g., Boolean logic capability, field structure, keyword searching, truncation, relevancy ranking).
  • Determine when a single search strategy may not fit a topic precisely enough to retrieve sufficient relevant information.
  • Critically evaluate information and its sources.
  • Examine and compare information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness and point of view or bias.
  • Investigate an author's qualifications and reputation through reviews or biographical sources.
  • Investigate qualifications and reputation of the publisher or issuing agency by consulting other information resources
  • Demonstrate an understanding that other sources may provide additional information to either confirm or question point of view or bias.
  • Search for independent verification or corroboration of the accuracy and completeness of the data or representation of facts presented in an information source.
Advanced Skills

  • Search discipline appropriate specialized databases using advanced search techniques.
  • Differentiate between popular/scholarly and primary/secondary articles.
  • Find full text of articles in library resources.
  • Utilize the interlibrary loan system effectively.
  • Use database features to cite articles in appropriate citation style.
  • Critically evaluate information sources.