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Learn what academic literature is, where to find it and how to use it correctly.

Information Literacy

During your university or college study you will be confronted with academic literature for the first time. It is essential that you learn what academic literature is, where to find it and how to use it correctly. To succeed in this you need to develop new skills; information literacy skills. These skills are part of the academic skills you will be taught during your college education.

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User Guide

This LibGuide contains the information you need to upgrade your information literacy skills which will help you become successful in your studies.

The LibGuide consists of six aspects of information literacy (from left to right), which can be accessed via the tabs at the top of the screen. The tabs deal with the following: academic information, choosing a topic and search terms, choosing information sources, searching and finding, evaluating and processing information.

Each subject is divided into short chapters, which you can see in a drop-down menu as you move the cursor over the tabs. You will learn all information literacy skills by opening the tabs in sequence, from left to right, and studying the content of the chapters via the drop-down menu. This enables you to set your own pace and to structure the learning process yourself. You can also select specific aspects that you have not mastered yet.

An overview of the contents of the chapters is provided in the introduction to each chapter. There are also questions on each subject so that you can test your knowledge.

The LibGuide will remain available as a reference work throughout your study.

Learning outcomes

After studying the LibGuide you will be able to:

– decide what sort of information you need

– decide how much information you need

– find relevant information

– evaluate information

– process information

– use information in accordance with the principles of academic integrity

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This LibGuide is based on a University Library Groningen publication on It may be re-used under this Creative Commons license.

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