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Information Fluency

Information fluency includes the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information from various print and electronic sources.  An information fluent student understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

 Information Fluency Program Outcomes

An information fluent student …

               I.        Identifies relevant information appropriate to their need;

             II.        Employs research strategies in order to locate information via a variety of methods and formats;

            III.        Evaluates a variety of sources according to pertinent criteria;

           IV.        Effectively uses information in order to accomplish a specific need;

            V.        Understands economic, legal, and social issues involved with information access and distribution;

           VI.        Applies ethical and legal standards when using information;

          VII.        Understands and values the research process and implements this process in future inquiries.

Global Rubric for Information Fluency


Exceeds Standards

Meets Standards

Below Standards

I. Identify Information

Analyzes differences between sources and selects the most appropriate source from among them.

Demonstrates knowledge of sources central to individual, discipline, field and/or educational needs and recognizes a range of information formats.

Selects only the most convenient and well known sources of information.

II. Employs research strategies


Independently applies creative and flexible information research strategies in order to navigate the unfamiliar, take action or solve a problem.


Identifies that additional information is needed.  Experiments with new strategies and methods, and applies several regular approaches to modify, update or learn.

Utilizes only convenient and well known sources of information.  Uses organizing tool(s) to assist search.

III. Evaluates sources

Critically evaluates information in order to judge quality, relevance, or perspective. Integrates evaluative criteria when using information.

Applies criteria used to evaluate a variety of information sources in order to compare quality and identify appropriate sources.


Labels all sources of information as equally relevant and credible or bases information selection solely on personal preference or convenience.

IV. Uses information effectively to accomplish specific need

Integrates and organizes information in efficient and creative ways that address a specific information need.



Develops and applies methods of identifying and extracting relevant data from information sources in order to address a specific information need.


Selects information indiscriminately without matching sources to a specific information need.


V. Understands economic, legal, and social issues related to information development, access, and distribution


Evaluates the full range of external influences and determines the level of impact on their ability to access and use information.

Identify specific issues that may impact their information needs (e.g. bias, influence, ownership).

Unaware that information is affected by economic, legal, and social issues.


VI. Applies ethical and legal standards when using information


Integrates ethical standards of information use beyond the academic setting.


Applies knowledge of laws, regulations and standards for information use (e.g. credits sources, respects copyright).


Use information without acknowledging ethical or legal standards (e.g. plagiarism, failure to cite sources).


VII. Understands and values research process

Values and engages in regular inquiry and seeks new information for lifelong learning.

Formulates questions or inquiries and willingly seeks answers to questions via a research process. Effectively communicates information needs when seeking help.


Seeks information only when prompted.  Aware that research involves a process.


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