Information literacy is the basis of lifelong learning and is directly tied to critical thinking.
Incorporating information literacy objectives into your research assignments allows students to develop their critical thinking skills and increase comprehension of course content.
Additionally, The Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education (2016) includes essential questions, learning dispositions and concepts, and relationships to information, research, and scholarship, that address more comprehensive and transformational educational experiences. These frames include:
Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
Information Creation as a Process
Information Has Value
Research as Inquiry
Scholarship as Conversation
Searching as Strategic Exploration
On many of our research guides, you will see these frames with additional information on how to incorporate these concepts into your curriculum, alternative assignments, and outcomes/assessments that will lead to deeper understanding of information use, creation, and dissemination.
Here's an example:
More information on these standards and frameworks can be provided through your liaison librarian, the PALNI website, or by contacting Rhonda Huisman, Director of University Library Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).