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Information Literacy

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." The Tuskegee University Library Faculty is committed to providing faculty, students, and staff the necessary skills needed to use information effectively, information literacy, and critical thinking skills needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. 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.  For more information see the ACRL Standards., a web-based plagiarism detection software is available to TU faculty. can be used as a deterrent, but also as an educational tool to teach students how to work with sources and to improve paraphrasing and quoting skills. Turnitin's formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students become better writers. 

What is, and How it Works

Students or instructors submit electronic versions of essays then produces an originality report. This report shows the instructor the results of's comparison of the essay to content on the web, to's database of student writing, and to some databases of common full-text journals. 

    The repository to which papers are compared currently consists of three primary databases: 

*   Both a current and an extensively archived copy of the publicly accessible Internet 

      *   Commercial pages from books, newspapers, and journals 

      *   Student papers already submitted to 

      *   Papers can be submitted by teachers or students. 

      *   Teachers can submit papers directly to's web site 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jonathan Underwood at


  McArthur,J., personal communication, July 17, 2018 

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