Northstar Learning Guide


The resources on this page will introduce you to general principles regarding information literacy. Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.

Module 9: Information Literacy


Northstar Standard:Learning Resource:
Recognize the need for information
1. Define a problem, formulate a question, or identify a decision that needs to be made
  • Choosing and narrowing a topic
  • What do I need to know?
  • 2. Identify purpose for accessing information; how the information will help solve the problem, answer the question, help to make a decision, help with accomplishing a goal or objective
  • Areas for investigations
  • Identify what information is needed
    3. Define the kind of information needed to complete the task
  • Decide what kind of information you need
  • Determine your information need
  • Starting your research
  • 4. Identify different types and formats of information found online (articles, databases, images, videos, etc.)
  • Using the web for research
  • 5. Plan steps required to solve the problem or accomplish the task
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Solving problems using Excel
  • 6. Recognize the costs, in time or money, and benefits of accessing different sources of information (article, newspaper, consumer reports)
  • Online reviews
  • Find Informationn
    7. Demonstrate use of efficient search strategies to locate varied resources, including refining search to hone in on relevant information found in a previous search
  • Search better
  • Use Craigslist to practice search strategies
  • Effective search with Wikipedia
  • 8. Locate potentially relevant information in media found online, including text, video, images, etc. Locate the source of the information
  • How to read a webpage
  • 9. Make use of hyperlinks to follow desired/required path of information
  • Understanding hyperlinks
  • 10.Demonstrate basic understanding of use of non-Internet sources of information (personal documents, Excel spreadsheet, etc)
  • Using Word 2013
  • Using Excel 2013
  • Evaluate the Information
    11. Discern between relevant and non-relevant information in an information source and select the information that addresses the issue that motivated the search
  • Identify relevant information
  • 12. Determine the quality of information by identifying bias, assessing the reliability of sources, and identifying the impact of context
  • How to judge online information
  • Practice evaluating information
  • Evaluating reliability of information
  • Reading the media
  • Evaluating a webpage
  • Organize the Information
    13. File/store information in a format that facilitates ease of access for future use (e.g., file naming, folder organization, bookmarking, etc.)
  • Organizing information online
  • Finding your downloads
  • Working with zip files
  • Bookmarking
  • 14. Monitor extent to which information solves a problem and know when additional information is needed
  • Monitoring progress
  • Using the Information
    15. Synthesize relevant information from one or more sources
  • Put information together
  • Synthesize information
  • 16. Integrate new information into current knowledge and use it to support understanding, views, perspectives, or opinions
  • Supporting a position with evidence
  • 17. Act on information to solve basic problems or answer a question
  • Solve problems with critical thinking
  • 18. Select appropriate format for sharing information, based on audience and purpose, and distribute to intended audience
  • Adjusting privacy settings on Facebook
  • Sharing on Skype
  • Sharing on Google Drive
  • Sharing updates on Twitter
  • Smart social networking
  • 19. Evaluate the result of gaining/using the information. Was the question answered? Was the problem solved? Was a better decision made? Was a goal or objective met?
  • Reflection on problem-solving
  • How to ask better questions