Information Literacy Standard 4: The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

For most cases, your purpose is to argue a specific point. Therefore, you want to make sure that you use the information you gather in the most effective way possible to make that point:

  • Use quotations and paraphrases in a way that best supports the thesis of the paper.
  • Use various methods, such as presenation software, to exhibit your information.
  • Use appropriate design principles. This may be something as simple as double-spacing and using an easily read font, or it may be not using a dizzying array of colors and clip art in a presentation.
  • Decide the form your information should take. Does this warrant a serious, business-like style? Or can you be a little playful? Which one gets your purpose across more effectively?
  • Make sure you communicate clearly!  No misspellings or MLA goofs.

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