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Information Literacy at CalArts

The guide contains information surrounding key topics in information literacy and related resources for students and faculty.

What is Information Literacy?

What does "information" mean to you? In your creative practice, where does engagement with information fit in?

Information literacy is defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) as "the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning" (emphasis added).

By building information literacy skills, CalArtians can more effectively find the information they need, critically evaluate that information, and integrate it meaningfully in their creative and scholarly practices. 

How Do I Get Help with My Research?

On-Campus Assistance:

CalArts Librarians are available to meet with you to assist you with your research. Schedule an appointment here

Not sure if a research appointment is what you need? If you answer yes to one of the following, then go ahead and schedule an appointment or email the librarian for your School!

  • Feeling stuck with your research?

  • Having difficulty finding a source(s)?

  • Want to make sure you're on the right track with your research?

  • Need a sounding board for your research idea?

  • Just enjoy talking to a librarian? (Who doesn't??)

Off-Campus Assistance:

You can contact an individual librarian if there is a specific subject area you need assistance with. You can also email if you're not sure who to contact.

You can get more immediate assistance from a librarian by clicking on the blue “Questions?” button at the bottom of the library’s website.