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Viewing and exploring the subject area of information literacy assessment in higher education (2000–2011)

  • María Pinto


This pioneering approach to the subject area of Information Literacy Assessment in Higher Education (ILAHE) aims at gaining further knowledge about its scope from a terminological-spatial perspective and also at weighting and categorizing relevant terms on the basis of levels of similarity. From a retrospective and selective search, the bibliographic references of scientific literature on ILAHE were obtained from the most representative databases (LISA, ERIC and WOS), comprising the period 2000–2011 and restricting results to English language. Keywords in titles, descriptors and abstracts of the selected items were labelled and extracted with Atlas.ti software. The main research topics in this field were determined through a co-words analysis and graphically represented by the software VOSviewer. The results showed two areas of different density and five clusters that involved the following issues: evaluation-education, assessment, students-efficacy, learning-research, and library. This method has facilitated the identification of the main research topics about ILAHE and their degree of proximity and overlapping.


Information literacy Assessment Higher education Co-words analysis Research topics 



This research has been funded by the Spanish Research Program I+D+I (Research, Development and Innovation), through the project “Information Competencies Assessment of Spanish University Students in the Field of Social Sciences” (EDU 2011-29290). I’m grateful to professor Joaquin Granell for his help in translating the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information and Communication, Facultad de Comunicación y DocumentaciónUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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