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Ask Your Librarians - Greensburg Campus

Information Literacy

Information literacy is a combination of discrete skills and habits of mind, both of which are vital for the lifelong process of learning and intellectual development.  At Pitt-Greensburg, the information literate individual:

  • recognizes a research need and actively initiates a process of inquiry;
  • values intellectual curiosity in developing questions and learning new investigative methods;
  • strategically and reflectively discovers information;
  • critically evaluates and selects information based on context;
  • processes information effectively to learn, to create and communicate new knowledge, to solve problems, and to make decisions;
  • demonstrates ethical and responsible behavior when using information.

Information literacy encompasses but is not limited to the following concepts: critical thinking; problem solving; digital, visual and media literacies; digital citizenship; information technology skills; written and oral communication skills; academic literacy; disciplinary and interdisciplinary thinking.

Every individual has the right to be information literate. The Millstein Library strives to collaboratively develop the skills and habits of mind related to information literacy, with the goal of contributing to a culture of inquiry that includes critical reflection and leads to academic success. To this end, the Millstein Library will offer services, expertise, and physical space in which students feel comfortable interacting with information, as well as creating and communicating new knowledge, so they may actively develop their information literacy skills throughout their time at Pitt-Greensburg as a foundation for the lifelong processes of learning and intellectual development.

This video was posted on Jun 10, 2016.

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The Research Collaboratory

Located on the 1st floor of the Millstein Library, our Research Collaboratory is an excellent resource for faculty and students. Equipped with tables, chairs, and a computer, this is meant to serve as a collaboration space between librarians and students. Once a student schedules a time to meet with a librarian, the librarian can help the student:

  • Narrow or broaden a research topic and find related keywords
  • Find appropriate books in the Millstein Library and order books from other Pitt campuses
  • Locate and utilize appropriate databases to find relevant articles
  • Review citation style guidelines