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Leading Students Beyond Google: Effective Research Assignments for the 21st Century

An Essential Academic, Professional, & Real World Skill

By designing curriculum, assignments, and activities that foster engagement with the core ideas about information and scholarship within their respective disciplines, faculty effectively support students in their academic, professional, and personal endeavors. Information competency is:

  • A component of Modesto Junior College's ILOs and GELOs

  • Identified by the U.S. Department of Labor as as essential workplace skill

  • A vital real world skill allowing our students make sound, informed decisions about everything from parenting techniques to health care options.

Information Competency Defined

Information competency is the ability to find, evaluate, use, and communicate information in all its various formats.  It combines aspects of library literacy, research methods and technological literacy.  Information competency includes consideration of the ethical and legal implications of information and requires the application of both critical thinking and communications skills.  Information competent students can demonstrate the following skills:

  • Determine the extent of information needed

  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently

  • Evaluate information and its sources critically

  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base

  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose

  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally


A Framework For Information Literacy: The Threshold Concepts