Application of information skills

What does the application of information skills mean?

People who can apply information skills effectively can

  • find and access information
  • evaluate information sources
  • critically assess information
  • manage information and sources
  • select and use appropriate information technology tools for day to day processes (databases, word processing, spreadsheets, social media)

Applying information skills is a practised art and one that you can improve on in terms of speed, accuracy and relevance over time. They are particularly important skills for a number of graduate level careers and are highly sought by employers.

Application of information skills 'behaviours'

  • Searching for information with curiosity, inquisitiveness and focus
  • Evaluating the reliability and trustworthiness of sources
  • Analysing quantitative and qualitative information
  • Conscientiously making a decision about which information to use
  • Identifying errors and paying attention to detail
  • Cautiously shelving, but indexing, the least relevant information
  • Justifying why a source is relevant or reliable
  • Organising sources of information in an orderly fashion to access the most relevant quickly
  • Articulating information in reports and presentations
  • Using appropriate electronic software to record information, write reports and prepare presentations
  • Constructing a timetable for finding, accessing, evaluating, managing, selecting and using information
  • Understanding a task/research project to decide on the most relevant information
  • Adapting to new information management systems and/or designing them
  • Demonstrating strong English language and grammar skills

Application of information skills development: examples and evidence

Information skills examples and evidence
Academic related

Sourcing relevant information for a piece of work

Evaluating the reliability of publications

Sorting through information to extract the most relevant materials/theories/quotes

Collating relevant information

Writing up information in a report, essay or dissertation using computer based programmes

Constucting an electronic presentation and using it to present findings

Working as part of a group to decide on information sources

Managing a number of projects at once and prioritising as necessary

Participating in LSE GROUPS| research projects


As a class representative, deciding on the issues which matter most to peers to present at fora

Conducting research as part of a student society role

Contributing material to The Beaver|, Pulse radio| or LooSE TV|

As a careers representative, evaluating the most important information to disclose to your peers

 Work experience/volunteering

Taking on a research role as a volunteer, intern or part time employee

Writing an article or news piece for an organisation

Completing a project for an employer

Conducting and evaluating consumer or market research with a view to starting your own business

Presenting findings to an employer during an internship or work placement

Evaluating case information for a law firm


Conducting research and deciding on the most relevant information to include in your blog/Twitter feed

Reading a sector relevant publication and targeting the stories most relevant to boost your commercial awareness

Chairing a meeting, summarising the most important points