Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How Informationally Literate Are You?

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Did you ever think of a great topic to write about, but couldn't find the right information to support it? Information literacy is becoming a challenge today in a world of overwhelming resources, and the problem is not finding information, but finding the right information. A search engine, with thousands of pages of results, makes sifting through information long and tedious and is not the fastest or most reliable way to search.


Narrowing down your topic to get the results you want requires an understanding of where to research (database, search engine, directory, etc.), how to search (by keyword, author, title), and how to evaluate the results to see if they are right for your topic.

But it doesn't have to stop at research papers. What if you want to start your own business don't know where to begin? What if you had a wonderful meal and want to find the recipe? Finding information in today's digital world is an essential skill for everyone.

So, how informationally literate are you?

Take this Information Literacy Quiz to see how much you know about researching.

Whether you get a 100 or a 1 on the quiz, remember that CSU librarians are here to help you in any way they can to connect you to the information you need. Take time to see our subject librarians and get help with your research project.

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