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Research in psychology and political science has identified motivated reasoning as a set of biases that inhibit one’s ability to process political information objectively. This research has important implications for the information literacy movement’s aims of fostering lifelong learning and informed citizenship. This essay argues that information literacy education should broaden its scope to include more than just knowledge of information and its sources; it should also include knowledge of how people interact with information, particularly the ways that motivated reasoning can influence citizens’ interactions with political information.


Citizenship--Study and teaching; Critical thinking; Information literacy--Study and teaching


Information Literacy


This is a manuscript version of this article. The final, copy-edited version appears in Lenker, “Motivated Reasoning, Political Information, and Information Literacy Education,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, vol. 16, no. 3 (2016): 511-528.