As defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), "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 goes on to say: "Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically. Teaching faculty have a greater responsibility in designing curricula and assignments that foster enhanced engagement with the core ideas about information and scholarship within their disciplines. Librarians have a greater responsibility in identifying core ideas within their own knowledge domain that can extend learning for students, in creating a new cohesive curriculum for information literacy, and in collaborating more extensively with faculty."
The videos below are not a complete or exhaustive list of topics college students will need to know in order to succeed in a college research environment, but these important topics will help students get started.
This video explains the deep web and why it is necessary to use the library for college-level research. Made by John M Pfau Library.
This video covers how to: break down your research topic into keywords; expand those keywords with synonyms and related words; mix & match your keywords in a library database. Made by librarians at CUNY's John Jay.
A short and tidy explanation of the peer review process made by librarians at NCSU.
Peabody Library provides a brief overview on what makes a scholarly periodical different from a popular periodical. Created by Eli Moody, 2007.