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What is information literacy?

The purpose of this opening chapter is to gain a better understanding of the term ‘information literacy’ by examining its origins, some definitions, and some models or standards of information literacy. This first chapter thus serves as a foundation for an evidence-based approach to teaching information literacy.

To understand the concept of information literacy, it is useful to begin by knowing the origin and literal meaning of the terms. The word information is from the Latin informatio, meaning concept or idea. The word literate is from the Latin literatus, meaning learned or lettered.

Over time, the definition of information literacy has changed. The traditional definition of literacy was the ability to read ...

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