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USD Information Literacy Lessons: Page 4

The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.

Information Literacy Versus Information Technology Skills

Information technology skills are those needed to manipulate files and data using a computer. They consist of the following types of skills:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Technology competencies

Information literacy is the set of skills required to find, evaluate, and use information.

  • Information literacy skills are applicable to both online information sources, which require the use of a computer, and paper information sources, such as books and periodicals.
  • An information-literate person has computer skills, but a computer-literate person is not necessarily information-literate (Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, ACRL, 11 May, 2010,


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