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Research How: Information Literacy Toolbox: MicroCredential: Fundamentals of Information Literacy

Find tutorials on navigating the library website, resources for your research journey through searching, evaluating, & citing, and subject specific guides & databases


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***Course is limited to current FIU Students.***

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Course Dates:

2/12 - Course begins

2/19 - Final day to register

Contact us

Have questions? Contact the course instructors below: 

Sabine Dantus

Melissa Del Castillo

Sarah J. Hammill

Christopher Jimenez

April Lafferty

Shelby Powell






Gain a competitive advantage in your academic and professional pursuits by demonstrating mastery of essential information literacy competencies, which have real-world applications in professional industries. 

Key Concepts:

üDeveloping research questions 
üAnalyzing sources for credibility and bias 
üDistinguishing between different types of resources 
üEvaluating information and evidence 
üIdentifying appropriate search strategies 
üProperly using and attributing information 

About the Microcredential

What is Information Literacy? question markEmbarking on FIU (Florida International University) Libraries’ Information & Research Services (I&RS) department’s micro-credential on the Fundamentals of Information Literacy will equip you with the knowledge and abilities essential for navigating the intricate world of information in today's digital age. In this era, information is readily available at your fingertips; however, the capacity to access information does not necessarily translate to evaluating and using it effectively. Without information literacy, you might fall prey to misinformation, such as fake news, propaganda, or biased sources. Therefore, prioritizing information literacy is crucial for fostering critical thinking, informed decision-making, and responsible citizenship. 

The “Fundamentals of Information Literacy” micro-credential is meticulously designed to provide you, the earner of the badge, with the tools needed to successfully navigate the complexities of information in the twenty-first century. The micro-credential badge you earn will signify a thorough understanding of information literacy, a vital skill in our digital age. Completing this micro-credential enhances your resume and personal and professional development, highlighting your dedication to lifelong learning and information literacy. Importantly, the skills gained have real-world applications across various industries, including media, research, healthcare, and education. 

In summary, this micro-credential offers you an excellent opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in your academic and professional pursuits by demonstrating mastery of essential information literacy competencies. Consider it an investment in your personal and professional growth that will pay dividends throughout your academic and professional careers. Information literacy skills have real-world applications in many industries, from media and research to healthcare and education. 

  • A communication, journalism or P.R. student will be better equipped to fact-check sources and avoid spreading false information.  
  • A student studying nursing or health sciences will be better able to evaluate medical studies and make informed decisions about patient care.  
  • In education, students will be better able to guide their future students in conducting research and teaching them how to find credible sources for their assignments. 
  • A business student will be better equipped to analyze market research and make informed decisions based on accurate data.  
  • A graphic design or art and marketing student will be able to effectively evaluate the credibility of customer feedback and make informed decisions on product development and advertising strategies.  
  • A criminal justice or international relations student will be better able to evaluate the validity of legal documents and avoid misinterpretation of critical information.  
  • What is your major? What will you be able to accomplish? Becoming literate in information opens up the world of possibilities!