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Finding and Using Information

Making sense of
library resources

The Brown Library Video Tutorials show you how to get started, find books, find articles (including how to use InfoGate), how to find materials not at Brown, and how to critically evaluate all this information.

The ability to critically evaluate and effectively use information is critical to navigating the vast amounts of information we come into contact with on a daily basis.

Learning to mediate print, electronic, visual and aural information is a skill that reaches beyond academics and into our professional and personal lives. This is Information Fluency, and consists of the ability 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 1
For more on information fluency, visit:

Information-Seeking Tips & Strategies:


1. American Library Association. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. (Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.)