Credo's Information Literacy – Core (InfoLit – Core) is a set of online videos, tutorials, and quizzes covering information literacy and critical thinking, as well as related topics and skills. The Mansfield Library has subscribed to the resource that aims to help students learn how to:
"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning," according to the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Thus, information literacy provides a foundation for life-long learning, the ultimate goal of education, and is common to all disciplines, learning environments, and levels of education. For students, it often means the ability to begin with the requirements for an assignment and write a relevant research question; find materials in any medium that answer the question; analyze their accuracy, currency, and other criteria; and use the materials to create a paper that’s complete with citations and other scholarly requirements.
A survey of 42,624 students in more than 1,725 first-year courses that included a library instruction component at 12 major research universities – reported in The Impact of Information Literacy Instruction on Student Success: A Multi-Institutional Investigation and Analysis – showed that:
In the Association of American Colleges & Universities' report College Learning for the New Global Century, information literacy is discussed as an essential learning outcome students need to prepare for twenty-first century challenges.
Students who are information literate are better able to come up with workable topics for their papers, research those topics independently, and write papers that conform to rigorous academic standards.
Content adapted from the following Credo publications: The Credo IL Strategy Handbook 2nd Edition, Faculty Guide to Information Literacy – Core: Why Information Literacy?, Increasing Information Literacy in Online and On-Campus Classes, and Teaching Guides.