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The following information is for Quest I and II and Quest Speaking and Writing Courses.

Instruction librarians at Polk Library are actively involved in assisting instructors and students with concepts related to information literacy. The library offers both synchronous and asynchronous resources to help students meet information literacy outcomes.

Information Literacy Toolkit

The Information Literacy modules break down the research process into five distinct, student-centered sections. The final module contains more advanced research tools and concepts.

1. Introduction to Research
2. 3 Steps to Starting Your Research
3. Locating Information
4. Evaluating Information
5. Synthesizing Information
6. Advanced Searching Tools and Topics
Each section contains multiple mini-modules consisting of:
1. A short conceptual introduction
2. A short video
3. A related accountability measure often in the form of an online quiz, discussion board, or worksheet.
How can they be used:
These modules reside in Canvas for simple integration into your course. Modules are meant to be editable and adaptable. They can stand alone as assignments to bolster information literacy skills, or be incorporated into library classroom sessions. They can also be used actively as graded assignments, or passively, to reinforce knowledge acquired previously. Instructors can opt to set point values for assessments.

Library Instructional Support in the USP

Librarians also play an important role on campus in the development of skills associated with information literacy, via face-to-face meetings.

Research Support for Students

Students may also meet with a librarian directly for assistance, through Polk Library’s Research Advisory Program. Through this program, students meet one-on-one with a librarian, where they will receive individualized and in-depth assistance with their research.  Follow this link to schedule research help with a librarian.