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Information Literacy Framework

This guide will help students better understand the information literacy concepts underlying the research process. Information Literacy includes media literacy and text-based literacy.

*For a presentation on how to use the library for research, see Introduction to Library Research.

"The Framework is not designed to be implemented in a single information literacy session in a student’s academic career; it is intended to be developmentally and systematically integrated into the student’s academic program at a variety of levels."

"Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education", American Library Association, February 9, 2015. (Accessed July 21, 2020).

Using This Guide

This guide can be used for self-directed study of information literacy concepts, or as inspiration for class-based assignments.


Explore each page in three steps:

  • watch the video,
  • read the recommended readings,
  • then complete the assignment.

Additional assignments are offered to strengthen your understanding of information literacy concepts.

"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." ACRL Framework


You may need to log into MyUTampa to read some articles.

Here are some examples of the kinds of articles that may serve as a way to introduce the broad elements of the scholarly method.

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