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Science Information Literacy

Science Information Literacy

Science Information Literacy or Information Literacy in the Sciences refers to understanding and being comfortable using different sources of information in the sciences, both academic and popular, in various formats including print and online. It also assumes that individuals who are information literate in the sciences are ready to be lifelong learners, in order to keep up with the fast-developing fields of science and technology. These disciplines are often called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Some of the resources listed below will help you to understand some of the most important


ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology

These standards provide guidance for information literacy instruction in science and technology disciplines. Sometimes these disciplines are grouped together for convenience and called STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A revision of these Standards is underway to align them with the new Framework for Information Literacy.


Data Information Literacy: Working Space from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

This important resource provides information about new and fast-growing field in information science that involves data management. With the exponential growth of data available online it is an especially valuable material that can provide help in many research projects.


How to Read a Scientific Paper, a tutorial from Michael Fosmere at Purdue University

This tutorial is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. This quick tutorial explains the basics of a scholarly paper: what, how and why. If you are new to academic literature you will appreciate the simple and effective explanation in this tutorial. It will be helpful when your professor sends you on a journey to look for scientific literature.


Science Information Lifecycle from the University of California

This tutorial will take you on a journey about scientific information, how it’s produced, shared, organized, found and used. Each of the features could be looked up separately if needed. It is copyrighted under Creative Commons.


Science.gov: USA.gov for Science – Government Science Portal 

This is a collection of resources including academic articles on various scientific topics provided by the United States government agencies.


USPTO: United States Patents and Trademarks Office 

Check out this website when looking for dependable information about patents and other types of intellectual property. Here you can learn about patents and also can conduct a search for either patent or patent application.

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