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Information Literacy Toolkit: Resources for Students


Thinking critically about resources

Useful tips

Meet with a librarian!  Here are some reasons why...

  • To help you think through keywords/search terms to use
  • To help you navigate our collections (print and online)
  • To guide you to the best databases to use for your research
  • To offer suggestions on how to evaluate sources for quality
  • To answer questions about library services and resources
  • To provide assistance with citation managers and style guides
  • And much more!

Need help?

Sorting through information can be tough.  Do you need assistance finding books, articles, and other resources for your research?  We're here to help you at any point during the process.

Did you know that you can make an individual appointment with a librarian?  Link to contact information for the librarian for your subject area through our Research by Subject guides.  


How to Start Your Research: A DIY Guide

Need help getting started with your research? This guide provides you with help for each step of the research process. Click DIY to visit the guide.


What is information literacy?

“Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”  (Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015)

Information literacy skills are essential for success in our academic, personal, and future professional lives. Development of information literacy and technological competency across disciplines is one of the goals of a Bucknell education.  

In collaboration with faculty, librarians are active partners in the development of these vital skills through one-on-one interactions with students in the Research Help area, through research consultations, and through course-related information literacy instruction.