Understanding the Field of Critical Information Literacy: A Descriptive Analysis of Scientific Articles

  • Denis Kos
  • Sonja Špiranec
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)


The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of critical perspectives in information literacy whose importance has been recognized by a number of authors in the field. This paper is a preliminary report on a research project that aims to describe the field of critical information literacy (CIL) based on a comprehensive descriptive statistical analysis of the qualities of CIL literature. The analysis was undertaken on a sample of 102 full-text scientific and professional articles. The sample was created based on a preliminary analysis of Google Scholar, SCOPUS and WOS databases. The authors present findings on the established authorship, publication and research patterns in the field.


Critical information literacy Qualitative Quantitative Literature analysis Scientific articles Preliminary report 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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