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Information Literacy Toolkit

Teaching information literacy skills - assignments

Incorporating Toolkit Assignments

Use and Remix

  • All assignments are under a creative commons license
  • Feel free to edit for your classroom or context and to remix assignments with attribution

Guides for Students

  • Many assignments have general research guides (like find an article) linked from the assignment description or the assignment itself
  • These guides are a great way to allow students to teach themselves (see the whole collection on the "guides for students" tab)

Work with a librarian

  • Librarians are happy to help you scaffold research skills into your class. You can:
    • Meet with a librarian to discuss tailored version of assignments or scaffolding research skills into your class
    • Request a library session as part of your class
    • Request training for TAs on incorporating information literacy into your class
  • Use this form for your requests - request a tailored assignment or session with a librarian

Scaffolding Information Literacy

  • Research skills are hard for first-year students. When assigning a research project, think about all of the skills students need to exhibit and consider ways to support those skills.
  • Think about using the Assignment Design Rubric for Research Assignments to help you judge how supportive your assignment is. 
  • Intermediate assignments like an annotated bibliography are a good way to stair step students up to a full research paper, speech, or other project.

Google Documents

The Toolkit uses Google Documents for most sample assignments. You can work with these assignments in a number of ways. If you have a Google account, clicking "file" -> "make a copy" once you have opened a Google Document will add a copy of the file to your Google Drive account. You can make any needed edits to this new file. 

If you do not have a Google Account, use the download link under each assignment to download a copy to your computer or click "file" -> "download as" once you have opened a Google Document. You can make any needed edits to the downloaded file.

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