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Information Literacy at Nicholls

Information Literacy


As part of our mission, a core function of Ellender Memorial Library is to promote "information literacy and bibliographic skills...through instruction." With this in mind, information literacy at Nicholls State University means thinking about how our students find, create, and interact with information in both their academic and private lives. Information literacy is defined by the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015) as 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."

The Framework contains 6 frames:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

Outlined here are each frame along with the Big Questions (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005) asked by and Understandings known by an information literate person. Additionally, each frame has a set of student learning outcomes associated with it.

Credo InfoLit videos

Life in the Information Age video

Life in the Information Age video

Watch this short video to find out why Information Literacy matters

How to Narrow Your Topic video

How to Narrow Your Topic video

Choosing a topic can be frustrating. It shouldn't be too broad nor too narrow. Watch this short video for tips on choosing the perfect topic.