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Information skills

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Learning to use information effectively is a key part of a university education and underpins many of the education principles that UWA students are encouraged to develop.

  1. Information literacy
  2. Online courses
  3. Sessions
  4. Guides

Information literacy

Information-literate individuals can:

  • recognise when and how much information is needed
  • know how information is organised
  • effectively access and evaluate information
  • manage information
  • understand economic, legal, social and cultural issues in the use of information
  • use information in such a way that others can learn from them.

(Based on CAUL Information Literacy Standards 2003)

The Information Literacy Strategic Directions Statement identifies the guiding principles for information literacy at UWA, the rationale that lies behind these principles, and sets out some brief points that identify how these principles can be taken forward. 

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Online courses

  • Communication and Research Skills (CARS) assists you to develop the skills needed to find and analyse information and to express and articulate your ideas within an academic context. It covers expectations of UWA students, how to find and apply information, delivering oral presentations, and working in teams.
  • Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) introduces you to the basic issues of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct at this university. The fostering of academic integrity is given high priority at UWA and is supported by institutional policies and practices.

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Contact your subject library for details of information literacy sessions offered.

There are also specific sessions for University staff.

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The Library has produced various guides to help you develop your information skills, including "libguides" relevant to each Faculty.

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