Information Literacy: Key Concepts



*This credential is only available to current RMIT students

Thanks to the internet, a quick web search is all it takes to get access to a dizzying array of information on just about any subject. But actually making good use of that information is a whole other thing – you need to know which sources to trust, how to interpret them, what to pay attention to and what to ignore. 

This course gives you a solid grounding in information literacy, giving you all the skills you’ll need to find reliable information, locate credible sources and organise information so you can properly use and reference it – both in your studies and beyond.

Skills and learning outcomes

  • Identify and articulate your information needs for academic or professional purposes.
  • Develop, use and refine appropriate search strategies to locate relevant information.
  • Critically evaluate information for relevance, credibility and accuracy.
  • Retrieve, organise and store information and references in a digital environment.


  • Getting started – understand your topic and develop your search strategy
  • Find the information: Implement your search strategy (Information sources: web, library search, databases, print books, electronic & AV resources.)
  • Evaluate information sources and refine your search
  • Organise, store and retrieve your search results

How does it work ?

By completing online activities and assessments, the earner of this credential demonstrated an understanding of information search strategies, and showed they could critically evaluate the value and credibility of information. They also showed they can review, analyse and present digital information for academic and professional purposes.

When can I do it ?