We live in an information society. We constantly need to evaluate the sea of information with which we are inundated every moment in order to determine its truth, value and relevance to our lives.
Information Literacy (IL) is an important skill, not just now, but throughout your life.
Section D.1. of the Rider University Undergraduate Student Learning Objective and Competencies (a.k.a TFLO) states that students will:
Articulate a research question/problem/issue and identify a variety of potential sources of information in order to answer the question and contribute to the ongoing scholarly conversation;
This guide will help you do just this!
We live in a society of ubiquitious information coming at us from every level: top down, bottom up, and sideways from our friends and colleagues. Thinking about the type of information you are looking for helps you narrow the playing field.
You will get the right kind of information you need faster.
Information doesn't just "happen" or "exist" on its own. It is produced by people and then disseminated, either through traditional (e.g., mainstream and scholarly publishers) or non-traditional (e.g., self-publishers, Internet) channels. Each has its merits, based on the kind of information you need.
Knowing what type of source you need or are currently using will tell you how the information has come to exist, so you can answer the following: