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Information Literacy/Tutorials: About Information Literacy

Video Tutorials starring the Library staff and featuring some of the most commonly asked questions

Why should students be "information literate"?

The authors of "Generation Z Goes to College" point out that today's young researchers have access to more user-generated and self-published information than did previous generations, and they need to know how to tell good information from bad. "Requiring library training ... that focuses on effectively researching and properly citing information can help ensure all students have a foundational knowledge of information literacy." [1] 

Embedding core information literacy concepts within your curriculum supports Niagara College's mission, "to provide outstanding applied education and training for a changing world."  Information literacy education also helps students acquire the Essential Employability Skills defined by Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, specifically regarding critical thinking & problem solving and information management.

Updated June 2017

What is Information Literacy?

According to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, "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.

For further information on the ACRL Framework, see these excellent videos from the University of Cincinnati.


1. Seemiller, Corey, and Meghan Grace.  Generation Z Goes to College, edited by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2015. Proquest eBook Central.

How do we Support Information Literacy @ ncLibraries?

ncLibraries works with faculty to enhance the information literacy competencies of Niagara College students through: 

Not sure about Information Literacy? Here's a definition.

Library Orientation Sessions

ncLibraries offers the following in-class sessions on request:

  • General Library Orientation: introduction to college-level research and library services and resources; includes an overview of how to find items using the library catalogue, databases, and subject guides, with special emphasis on how to use databases effectively.  Recommended for first year students.
  • Advanced Searching Techniques: more in-depth look at database searching using advanced Boolean operators, a deeper look at limiters, and alternative ways to search. Recommended for students with database experience.
  • Individual Database Demonstration: an extended look at any database you would like your class to master.  Recommended for specialized databases such as MarketLine.
  • Copyright and Open Sources: students learn the importance of using information legally and are exposed to open source alternatives such as Wikimedia Commons and finding items licensed under Creative Commons.

One-on-one consultations between students and library liaisons are also available by appointment, phone, e-mail, online chat, or drop-in inquiries at either campus library.

To book a session for your class, please contact:

Gordana Vitez
Manager,  Library & Learning Commons
ext. 4223 
Email: gvitez@niagaracollege.ca

Custom Research Guides

Library subject liaisons have created online research guides for each program to highlight relevant library resources and offer important tips to help students develop their academic skills. 

Faculty feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

Handouts and Worksheets

Recommended Open Textbook: Introduction to College Research

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