Information Literacy Course

Introduction and acknowledgements

Information has become a vital source for world economies and is certainly the basic component of any educational and research experience. Access to up-to date knowledge is the most basic condition for intellectual development and a lifelong learning situation. The current information overload requires people to be information literate.

To start with this course, please select a module from the menu on the right.

Since information literacy is a “set of skills” that can be learned, this course has been developed.

As an information literate person you should:

  • be able to define which information sources may be relevant to your field of research;
  • know which finding aids are available for these sources and how to retrieve information from them through structured searches;
  • be able to critically assess and evaluate information sources and judge their quality and trustworthiness;
  • be able to cite correctly and avoid plagiarism;
  • know how to be kept aware of new publications through various alerting services;
  • understand the various aspects of the publishing process and copyright issues;
  • know how to use citation management software


I would like to thank Marianne Renkema of the University Library Wageningen who gave me advice and ideas how to set up a course like this.
Part of this module is based on materials from TILT. TILT is an educational Web site designed by the The University of Texas System Digital Library as an introduction to research sources and skills.