Information is available from many sources and in many formats, such as printed text, television, videos, library databases, Web sites, and more. To be "information literate" you need to know why, when, and how to use all of these tools and think critically about the information they provide.

You won't become information literate overnight. Just as with speaking skills and writing skills, your abilities will improve over time as you gain expertise in the topics you choose to investigate and as you practice searching for and evaluating the information as well as the ideas you encounter.