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There exists a well-defined set of skills to support the information lifecycle for learning within Higher Education.

These have been summarised by SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) as seven broad skill areas (cf. Learning Outcomes and Information Literacy, available at:

  • recognise a need for information;
  • distinguish ways of addressing gap and select appropriate sources;
  • construct search strategies;
  • locate and access information;
  • compare and evaluate information;
  • organise, apply and communicate information;
  • synthesise and create information.

University of Ulster Library Information Skills Unit

University of Ulster Library: Information Literacy Skills Guide

This guide has been prepared in-house by the University of Ulster subject librarians. It covers research and writing skills as well as issues relating to plagiarism and referencing. Signposting is also provided for academic and research staff on getting published, journal citation tracking and other support for bibliometrics and copyright matters.

Cardiff University:  Information Literacy Resource Bank

This Information literacy resource was created in-house at Cardiff University. The resource covers a variety of topics such as searching in databases, evaluating information, citing references and plagiarism. A wide range of interactive material is incorporated into the ILRB such as short videos, podcasts and quizzes. This is an excellent resource and some of the short videos have been incorporated into Ulster’s Information Skills Unit with permission from Cardiff.

Intute Virtual Training Suite

This is a resource bank of over 60 free subject-based tutorials which were created to help students to develop their internet searching techniques. A wide range of subjects is covered and each tutorial guides the user through the process of identifying and locating quality sources of information to support assignments. Each tutorial is supported with a range of interactive quizzes to assess learning. As with the Internet Detective, this resource will not be updated after July 2011 and the tutorials will be made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales licence, and will also be available on JORUM.

Google Librarian Central:

This Google website is designed to help users make optimum use of the Google search facilities. A range of free downloadable material is available to assist users to search across the range of Google tools such as Google search engine, Google Book, Google Earth and Google Scholar.

Internet Detective:

This resource was developed to assist users to acquire the skills necessary to evaluate information located on the Web and advice on plagiarism, copyright, referencing and citation is given. The website was intended to support students in both HE and FE and the information contained in it can be used freely for “non-commercial and academic purposes in the UK and elsewhere”. The information is clearly presented and written in a student-friendly style.  A major disadvantage is that the website has not been updated since 2009.

LearnHigher-Resources for students-Information Literacy:   An excellent web site which is based around the SCONUL seven pillars model of information literacy. This resource also links to other high quality information literacy resources such as SAFARI (Open University) and InfoSkills (Manchester Metropolitan University).

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