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St. Clair County Community College Library
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Port Huron, MI 48061-5015
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Information Literacy at SC4 Library

The College adheres to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as written by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL):

“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.” Association of College & Research Libraries, American Library Association

An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of the information needed. (ACRL Standard One)
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently. (ACRL Standard Two)
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically. (ACRL Standard Three)
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base. (ACRL Standard Three)
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. (ACRL Standard Four)
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally. (ACRL Standard Five)

See also: Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education

The SC4 Library ENG 101 information literacy program will show students how to:

  • Access the library’s e-resources 24/7 from any device with Internet access.
  • Differentiate between magazine and scholarly journal articles.
  • Use the library databases to find peer reviewed articles.
  • Evaluate sources for quality, validity, and bias.
  • Create advanced database and Internet searching strategies.
  • Identify elements of a citation.
  • Cite sources responsibly.
  • Create a works cited page using RefWorks.

The library information literacy program also helps fulfill the Information Literacy General Education Competency Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate technological competence to obtain information from data.
  2. Demonstrate how and where to search for reliable information.  
  3. Demonstrate how to form conclusions based on reliable information.