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Technical Writing

Engineering 310

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What is information literacy?

The Association of College & Research Libraries defines information literacy as a "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"

Authority is constructed and contextual. 

  • Different types of Authority depending on the subject, situation, and societal situation.
  • Research tools and indicators of authority to determine the credibility of sources; understanding the elements that might temper credibility.
  • “standards” of authority by subject areas.  Engineering sources vs. gender-studies sources.
  • Understanding the social nature of the information ecosystem where authorities actively connect with one another and sources develop over time.

From the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

CRAAP Method for Evaluating Resources

C Currency
R Reliability
A Authority
A Accuracy
P Purpose