The Association of College & Research Libraries has developed national IL standards for higher education. These standards have been accepted by the American Association of Colleges & Universities. The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved the use of the five ACRL IL Standards as learning outcomes for its Goal 7 General Education Requirement: Information Literacy.
The ACRL Instructional Section Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education.
Based on framework of the "ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education" (2000), these guidelines address the need for a more specific and source-oriented approach within the discipline of English literatures, including a concrete list of research skills.