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Information Literacy

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This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to identifying, searching, evaluating, organising and communicating online information. 


The Syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, as informed by input from a wide range of experts from the world's leading computer societies and independent subject matter experts. 

Download the Information Literacy Module Syllabus (PDF) 

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Determine what online information is needed to meet a particular requirement. 
  • Search securely for online information using search engines and social media applications.
  • Critically evaluate information using a range of criteria. 
  • Manage and organise information using a range of tools. 
  • Plan, draft, review and deliver online information. 

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Certifies best practice in information literacy. 
  • Covers the key skills and knowledge needed when researching and evaluating topics on the web. 
  • Can be applied to research and information search relating to any topic area. 
  • Ensures that you can create factually sound, well-structured, well-researched, and appropriately expressed outputs. 
  • Developed by ECDL Foundation, a global social enterprise with 20 years of experience in developing individuals’ digital competences. 


Syllabus Overview

Information Concepts
  • Key Concepts
  • Information Sources
Searching for Information
  • Defining the Information Need 
  • Using a Search Engine
  • Using Social Media Applications
Evaluating and Organising Information
  • Evaluating Information 
  • Organising Information
Communicating Information
  • Planning and Drafting Information 
  • Reviewing and Delivering Information



ECDL Foundation provides sample tests to enable potential candidates and employers to understand ECDL Information Literacy in more depth and prepare for testing.

Download the Information Literacy Sample Test

Please note: Answers are provided for the multiple choice questions of the sample papers, please refer to ECDL training materials for information on practical tasks.