Sample Paper on Enhanced Understanding of Information Literacy

One of the factors that determine how people access, receive, and perceive information is information literacy. Information literacy can be defined as a skill through which a person can recognize the need for information and use it effectively (Karimi, Ashrafi-rizi, Papi, Shahrzadi, and Hassanzadeh). Today’s society witnesses all kinds of occurrences such as natural disasters, sports events, and even conflicts. For instance, the occurrence of conflicts in any part of the globe usually attracts global attention with people always seeking to find the cause and how such conflicts can be solved. Unfortunately, news on particular conflicts can be true, untrue, or exaggerated. It is in these circumstances surrounding news on particular conflicts that informational literacy becomes important.

When people are unable to think critically about information or news on particular conflicts, what can be described as information illiteracy, they are likely to be vulnerable to fake or false news on the occurrence of particular conflicts (Leetaru).  However, with an enhanced understanding of informational literacy and having the skill, people are likely to be more careful and cautious on how they approach news on particular conflicts. Currently, although not deadly, there is a serious conflict between the U.S. and China as far as trade is concerned. People are spreading every kind of news on this particular conflict some of which are false. People’s approach to news on this conflict can change significantly with an enhanced understanding of informational literacy. It implies that people with an enhanced understanding of information literacy are likely to dig into an evaluate new on this conflict before accepting or reacting to it. Contrarily, a lack of enhanced understanding of information literacy is likely to see people readily accept and react to news on this particular conflict even if the news itself is false or exaggerated.




Karimi, Zohreh, Hasan Ashrafi-rizi, Ahmad Papi, Leila Shahrzadi, and Akbar Hassanzadeh. “Effect of information literacy training course on information literacy skills of undergraduate students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences based on ACRL standards.” Journal of education and health promotion 4 (2015).

Leetaru, Kalev. “How Data and Information Literacy Could End Fake News.” Forbes. December 11, 2016. Accessed April 17, 2019.