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Information Literacy


To schedule an information literacy instruction session for your class, please fill out the online form located HERE.

Information Literacy is the ability to find, use, evaluate, and articulate information. These skills are essential in order to achieve success in college and life. The resources below will assist you in better understanding Information Literacy and how to put it into practice.

Information Literacy Tutorials

The Penn State University Libraries developed these modules to assist students in learning the concepts and skills necessary for using library databases, collections and resources.

Information Literacy Video Tutorials

A YouTube video series developed by Pima Community College that discusses how to write research papers, the process of locating/evaluating/using/citing research materials, and issues associated with plagiarism.

National "Information Literacy" Standards

Information Literacy

  • Access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate information critically and compentently.
  • Use information accurately and creatively.

Independent Learning

  • Pursue information related to personal interests.
  • Appreciate literature and other creative expressions of information.
  • Strive for excellence in informationseeking and knowledge generation.

Social Responsibility

  • Recognize the importance of information to a democratic society.
  • Practice ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
  • Participate effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.


    Many students today don’t need to spend a lot of time learning how to find information. Many of you are online everyday finding and gathering information: reconnecting with people, registering for open classes, buying books and other merchandise, downloading driving directions, weather forecasts, song lyrics, recipes, and celebrity gossip.


    But gathering information is not research! 


    Research requires that you find information, of course, but it also demands that you explore ideas, try to solve problems, and make

    arguments. Information is important to do these things, but you need time to read the information you find, reflect on it, analyze it, and to write several drafts of papers or projects so that you can present your research in a clear and logical way.

    This guide will help you go beyong merely gathering information and into real academic research. Check out the tabs at the top of this page for more information on:


    Tutoring Services

    Get help from Mercyhurst University's peer tutoring services and the writing center:

    Peer Tutoring

    The Writing Center

    Library Guides and Tutorials

    • Plagiarism and Academic Honesty  Icon
      This tutorial discusses plagiarism, the use of quotations, and paraphrasing.
    • Using Your Record  Icon
      A brief exploration of the Your Record feature in the Hammermill Library online catalog. This one minute video will show you how to access Your Record and use the available features.
    • EBSCO ebook Academic Collection  Icon
      A video tutorial demonstrating how to use Mercyhurst University Libraries' new subscription to Ebsco's eBook Academic Collection.
    • Placing a Hold Online  Icon
      This 2 minute video will explain how to place a hold online.

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