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ACRL Standard One
The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
- The information literate student defines and articulates the need for information.
- The information literate student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information.
- The information literate student considers the costs and benefits of acquiring the needed information.
- The information literate student reevaluates the nature and extent of the information need.
Source: Information literacy competency standards for higher education. (2000).
Determining an Information Need
After completing this SECTION, you will be able to:
- define your need for information,
- think critically about your topic and need,
- read about your topic and start making notes,
- define keywords by:
- drawing a mind map,
- selecting broader and narrower subject terms,
- identifying different spellings or words
- understand that the financial cost of information is an important issue.
The following topics are covered in this section and will equip you to start the searching process.