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January 2018 Vol.6 No.1

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Merit Research Journal of Education and Review (ISSN: 2350-2282) Vol. 6(1) pp. 015-024, January, 2018

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Original Research Article

The Essence of Information: Information Literacy among College Students


Dr. Maya Bazhouni


Department of English Language / Lebanese University, Lebanon

Email: mayabchidiac@gmail.com

Accepted January 21, 2018




The process of finding and applying knowledge has become more complex today than before. With the current advancement in scientific inquiry and information technology, there is a great need for college students to obtain and use information literacy skills. The college learning experience exposes them to a lot of information that gives them insight into different perspectives thereby assisting them to develop their cognitive skills. It is expected that through this exposure, students will develop their information literacy competencies because they are always learning and practicing what they learn. However, are students able to make out what information is required to solve problems or answer inquiries? Are they able to locate, critically analyze and appropriately apply the information they have sourced to answer topic questions? This paper evaluates the information literacy level of college students by closely examining texts and studies done by scholars of information literacy. The study will include a systematic review of the literature and the analysis of a study conducted by Project Information Literacy (PIL) on college students, regarding information literacy. The study of the literature revealed students’ ability to find relevant information, evaluate and use it is limited. The results indicated below average information literacy among the interviewed students. The reason for this was that students were not being trained much after the initial orientation of information literacy at the beginning of their college education. The results indicated a need to integrate information literacy techniques into college curriculum for the development of students’ learning process and in order to equip them with the skills to research in an academic setting.

Keywords: Information Literacy, College, Library, Skills, Research












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