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Information Literacy: Home


(Toupes, 2010)


What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy refers to the level of competency someone in today’s world has to find and evaluate information and understand how to use that information in a way that is both legal and ethical. 

At WCCC, our goal is to help student become information literate and be able to:

  1. Find information
  2. Evaluate the information you find
  3. Use the information in your work legally


Why is Information Literacy Important?

            For college students, information literacy is part of a larger set of skills, which includes critical thinking, critical reading, reasoning, and critical writing. These are skills that promote and enhance all learning.  Wilson (2015) notes that the advantages of being information literate include:

  • Learners sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Learners develop higher-order thinking skills essential for excellence in the school and the workplace.
  • Students develop a deeper and more applicable understanding of the content they are learning and become better prepared for their jobs.
  • Individuals are able to communicate in knowledgeable, logical, and defensible ways regarding their work.
  • Learners’ ability to effectively participate in problem solving and decision making is enhanced.
  • Professionals are able to keep up with advancements in their field of study, making them more competent and valuable as employees (p.8).


Information Literacy at WCCC

            Information literacy is something you will use in your classrooms every day at WCCC.  You will be asked to write assignments, research topics, find reliable sources, and then use those sources responsibly.  The following modules are set up to help you navigate this process and hopefully make your experience at WCCC a bit easier, as well as to help you to be a better student. 

Keep in mind that if you have any questions about this process, please make sure to ask questions!  You are your own advocate for your education, so it is important to ask questions along the way. 


Additional Information


To learn more about why information literacy is important, please check out the video Information Literacy Why Is It Important on YouTube.




Toups, D. (2010) Research guides: Information literacy certificate program: Home schedule of classes. Retrieved from

Wilson, G. (2015).  100% Information literacy success.  Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.