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Definition of Information Literacy

Information literacy is a set of abilities enabling individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy.  Final Report. Chicago. American Library Association. 1989)

Information Literacy Standards

U Research has five objectives, each with two associated student learning outcomes. The learning outcomes include information literacy and research competencies:  formulating a good research question, understanding what types and formats of information are needed, accessing and evaluating quality sources, analyzing and synthesizing those sources to complete a paper or project, and understanding how to use information ethically. 

The objectives and student learning outcomes are derived from Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (Association of College and Research Libraries). The Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction break the ACRL Competency Standards down into smaller instructional components. Another useful document is ACRL's  Information Literacy in the Disciplines website. 


U Research is MC's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  The focus of U Research is the development of information literacy competencies in undergraduate students.  Our QEP is a campus-wide initiative that has the potential to make a meaningful and lasting effect on our students’ success.  While the QEP is a requirement for reaffirmation of SACS accreditation, it is also a reflection of our commitment to improve student learning.

U Research is not just another program.  It is a chance to be better at what we do!


Engage.  Empower.  Enhance.


U Research Executive Summary

U Research (final document as submitted to SACS COC)  - official reaffirmation of accreditation on 12/11/12

If you are interested in the history of the QEP development, visit the QEP web page

Contact Information:  Susan Newman, Director of U Research   601.925.3279 or