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ECON 5P04: Topics In Applied Economics

Core Library Research Skills for Success

In order to ensure success as a graduate student in a research-based program such as the Masters in Business Economics, you will need to develop your information literacy skills and apply them as part of your course work, the development of your research proposal, literature review, and major research paper.

What is information literacy?

There are a variety of definitions, but the one commonly cited in higher education contexts comes from the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education".

An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

What is Information Literacy?

Watch this video for an explanation of each of the components of information literacy, and how these components apply to you as a student, and in real life. 

Source: Seminole State University Library Creative Commons Attribution License (reuse allowed).   

Recommended Library Research Tutorials

If you are a novice researcher, or would like to update your Library Research Skills, take a look at these research tutorials, which were developed by my colleagues here at the Brock University Library.