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Information Literacy  

Information about Information Literacy initiatives at PCCC, as well as a "how to" guide for faculty creating Info Lit assignments
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy, as defined by the Library staff at PCCC, and based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, consists of:


1. Defining and articulating the need for information

2. Information retrieval

3. Citation of sources

4. Evaluation of information and information sources

5. Effective use/synthesis of information for a specific purpose


These competencies are assessed in the first-year College Experience course and in general education Writing Intensive courses via the Title V Writing Initiative. Prior to graduation, all students are expected to demonstrate these competencies.


PCCC values information literacy as vital to academic success and lifelong learning.  We invite students and faculty to explore this Libguide, other Library-related Libguides, and the main PCCC Library Web site.  If you have a research question, or wish to schedule information literacy instruction for your class, contact the reference desk at 973-684-5888 or email


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