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Summer 8-18-2021

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Objective: This study aimed to analyze common subjects between information literacy and critical thinking papers indexed in the Web of Science Database from 1983 to 2019.

Methods: The present study was conducted using a quantitative approach and scientometric indicators. The data in this study were extracted from 160 scholarly articles in the Web of Science citation database.

Results: A subject analysis of keywords used in the published articles showed that most keywords were the subject areas related to educational research, computer, librarianship, and information science. Furthermore, the highest number of published documents covered subject areas such as computer science and information systems, librarianship, information science, and educational research. It was also shown that 12 common subject clusters between information literacy and critical thinking were human resource infrastructure, critical information literacy, e-learning, information, and communication technology, web-based learning model, information literacy skills education, information literacy and critical thinking education, motivating factors for learning, learning threshold, digital literacy, information literacy as a skill, and poor critical thinking.