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Information about Information Literacy initiatives at PCCC, as well as a "how to" guide for faculty creating Info Lit assignments
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Creating Information Literacy Assignments: General Guidelines

Constructing effective assignments is crucial in order for students to demonstrate information literacy competencies.  Here are some suggestions to consider when creating assignments that incorporate Information Literacy:


  • Consciously address the major Information Literacy competencies
  • Be consistent with the course content and objectives
  • Give clear directions, and specify learning objectives & evaluation criteria in writing
  • Consider scheduling a Library instruction session
  • Discuss plagiarism & citation
  • Encourage students to ask Librarians for help
  • Test out the assignment; make it do-able
  • Consult a Librarian and/or provide a copy of the assignment to the Library (Assignment alert)
  • Avoid busywork, scavenger hunts and/or trivia questions
  • Don’t assume student knowledge or expertise in the subject matter or research process
  • Don’t require print sources only; the majority of the Library’s journal access is online
  • Don’t require resources that are not available at the Library
  • Don’t give everyone the same topic

For more information on Information Literacy best practices, see the following Web sites:

Creating Information Literacy Assignments: Examples

Assessing Information Literacy doesn't necessarily require a traditional research paper.  Here are some common examples of effective Information Literacy assignments that are alternatives to the traditional research paper:


  • Write an annotated bibliography on a topic
  • Write a literature review on a topic
  • Compile an anthology of readings on a topic and explain why they fit together
  • Evaluate sources based on specific criteria (esp. Web sites)
  • Evaluate scholarly vs popular sources on the same topic
  • Evaluate primary vs secondary sources on the same topic
  • Evaluate conservative vs liberal sources on the same topic
  • Prepare a small group presentation on a research topic
  • Summarize a journal article and provide citation
  • Conduct personal research (use literature to answer personal question or back up personal experience)
  • Evaluate and reflect on course readings
  • Find sources that back up an editorial/opinion piece
  • Research paper “scaffolding”: select focused research topic; prepare annotated bibliography; write outline; write thesis statement, introduction & conclusion
  • Examine bias in media (print, broadcast, and/or online)
  • Wikipedia article evaluation/critique

For more information on these types of assignments, as well as other ideas for assignments incorporating Information Literacy, see the following Web sites:


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