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Graduate Attributes & Information Literacy

The University of Adelaide Library has a role in the attainment of University of Adelaide graduate attributes, in particular the development of information research skills (information literacy) of students.

Information research skills enables individuals to recognise when information is needed and to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. It is a prerequisite for lifelong learning.

The Library's Role

The development of information research skills of students is undertaken with the collaboration of academic staff, librarians and other teaching and learning staff.

This framework (Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework 2nd ed, 2004) provides the principles and standards which the Library's research skills programs support.

Standard One The Library's role

The information literate person recognises the need for information and determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

 

The Library will teach students:

  • About differences in types of information and how to interpret a reading list
  • About the different sources of information relevant to their subject discipline
  • How to define the scope and scale of the information required
  • Identifying key search concepts
  • Devising relevant search strategies

Learning outcomes & examples

University of Adelaide graduate attributes:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised
  • The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
Standard Two The Library's role

The information literate person finds needed information effectively and efficiently.

The Library will teach students:

  • The techniques necessary to undertake a basic search strategy
  • To identify relevant information from sources appropriate to the discipline
  • To retrieve that information in a variety of formats (print, online etc) and from a variety of sources

Learning outcomes & examples

University of Adelaide graduate attributes:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised
  • The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
  • A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies
Standard Three The Library's role

The information literate person critically evaluates information and the information seeking process.

The Library will teach students:

  • How to critically evaluate search results
  • How to modify their information search strategy as necessary
  • How to evaluate information sources for accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency and coverage

Learning outcomes & examples

University of Adelaide graduate attributes:

  • The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
Standard Four The Library's role

The information literate person manages information collected or generated.

The Library will teach students:

  • How to record all citation information, using a given bibliographic style
  • How to cite correctly the information sources they have used
  • At an advanced level, how to store and manage references using the University’s preferred bibliographic software package Endnote

Learning outcomes & examples

University of Adelaide graduate attributes:

  • The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
  • A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies
Standard Five The Library's role

The information literate person manages information collected or generated.

The Library will teach students:

  • Information skills in a transferrable way so that graduates’ inquiry and research is supported in the future.

Learning outcomes & examples

University of Adelaide graduate attributes:

  • A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life
  • Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication
Standard Six The Library's role

The information literate person uses information with understanding and acknowledges cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information

 

The Library will teach students:

  • acknowledging sources and avoiding plagiarism
  • the need to comply with legal and ethical requirements related to accessing, using and storing information (namely, Copyright requirements; conditions for the use of licensed electronic resources; and the University’s IT Acceptable Use policy)

Learning outcomes & examples

University of Adelaide graduate attributes:

  • An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities
 

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