There is no lack of information in the world, but the skill level needed to search, select, evaluate, and use the information varies from rudimentary to expert. Faced with a research assignment, are you a bold navigator of the information highway or Bambi in the headlights?
To be literate means to be able to read. Information Literacy (IL) describes a skill set that enables someone to recognize what information is needed when, and how to locate, evaluate, use, and effectively communicate it.
These are skills that everyone should have, but that investigators and analysts need to develop further than the general population.
The following quiz will help you to conduct a self-diagnostic on your personal level of information literacy. It asks you to provide some answers to basic questions about information, the Internet, and information use. By answering these questions, you can determine your strengths and weaknesses. Use it to help focus your learning objectives.
Answer yes or no to the questions below. Click on "SCORE" at the bottom for a rating of your level of information literacy.
Adapted from "Self Assessment: Information Literacy Quiz" Information Literacy Toolkit, Chief Information Officer, Department of the U.S. Navy.
If you are working from a print out of this page or your score did not automatically appear when you clicked on "SCORE" give yourself 3 points for each Yes, and 0 for each No.