Information Literacy 

Information literacy is the ability to retrieve relevant information, and is the framework for lifelong learning.

“A thriving national and global culture, economy and democracy will best be advanced by people who are empowered in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion within a range of cultural contexts”. (Alexandria Proclamation 2005)

Information literate people can:

  • Recognise a need for information
  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access information efficiently
  • Critically evaluate information and its sources
  • Classify, store, manipulate and redraft information collected or generated
  • Incorporate selected information into their knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to learn, create new knowledge, solve problems and make decisions
  • Understand economic, legal, social, political and cultural issues in the use of information
  • Access and use information ethically and legally
  • Use information and knowledge for participative citizenship and social responsibility
  • Experience information literacy as part of independent learning and lifelong learning"

Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy and Council of Australian University Librarians 2003, Australian and New Zealand information literacy framework. Principles, standards and practice, Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy, Adelaide, viewed 7 November, 2008,



The information on the following pages will help you understand:

understanding assessment questions
evaluating information on the web
searching for information
referencing assessments

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