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Information Literacy

To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Information literate people are those who have learned how to learn.


Tools that will help you expand your search terms and build your search. Use thesauri to find synonyms for your search terms.

Introduction to Keywords or Search Terms

What words should you use when you search?

Keywords, or search terms, are the main concepts (ideas) pulled from your topic statement. These are the words you will use when you search the library research databases, book catalog, or even Internet search engines. Find synonyms (words that mean the same thing) for the keywords in your topic statement in order to increase your list of search terms.