Information Literacy

Cadets are expected to produce written papers at a college level. More importantly, they should be developing habits of lifelong learning and professional communication, and demonstrating the highest integrity in all their work. This includes using appropriate resources in research, and properly identifying the resources and incorporating the research into their work. Work that does not cite its sources opens itself to a charge of plagiarism. See “Academic Integrity.”

The ability to access, evaluate, and use resources effectively and efficiently is called information literacy. According to the Information literacy, competency standards for higher education, “Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning” (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2000, pp. 2-3). Today's "dynamic and often uncertain information ecosystem" (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016) makes information literacy, which focuses on the basic ideas underlying this ecosystem, more important than ever.

Collaboration is critical to achieving the library’s mission. The library partners with faculty, cadets and other users as they develop their information literacy capacities to get the best results with the least stress.

Research - The key to research that is both effective and efficient is becoming an active participant in learning, rather than merely dependent on Google.

Citation - The two essential components to citation are distinguishing the parts of a paper that are based on research from the parts that are the cadet’s opinion, and tracing the research-based information back to the resources that were used.

Style - The CFOT uses the APA style for writing papers and citing. The CFOT requires page numbers in citations not only for quotes but also when information from research has been re-stated in the cadet’s own words.

Association of College and Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Retrieved from

Association of College and Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from