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How to Design a Research Assignment

The skills necessary to become information literate are analogous to those skills required of someone who employs critical thinking. This guide provides sample information literacy assignments and guidelines for creating effective library assignments

Critical Thinking and Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to efficiently navigate information resources in order to identify credible sources relevant to a research question and use those sources to inform and engage one’s own thinking. The skills necessary to become information literate are analogous to those skills required of someone who employs critical thinking.

The "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education" (from the Association of College and Research Libraries) contextualizes information literacy into the following six "frames" 

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information Has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

Assessment

If you would like to collaborate with a librarian on the creation of a meaningful information literacy assignment, contact us. Booth librarians are available to help you in this process. Call 581-6072 or visit booth.eiu.edu/request.
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