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College Readiness: Information Literacy Skills Tutorials

"Knowledge is more than information." --Clancy Martin, Playing with Plato

Information Literacy Skills



This key website, developed by Kent State (the educators who developed TRAILS), contains:

  • College: What to Expect  College means new freedoms! Discover how college and high school are different and what you can do to to get prepared for the adventures and challenges that await you!
  • College Libraries 
    A lot happens at the library . . . researching, learning, studying, creating, computing, collaborating, socializing . . . don't miss out.  Learn what to expect when you step into your college or university library.
  • Tips for College Research 
    Sooner or later you will be tackling that first research paper or project.  Here's your first tip: Librarians are an awesome resource.  Tip Two: Use this guide to get a handle on the process. Includes Prezi tutorials, documents and more!
    •    Develop a Topic
    •    Identify Potential Resources
    •    Develop, Use and Revise Search Strategies
    •    Evaluate Sources and Information
    •    Use Information Responsibly, Legally and Ethically
  • Learning Module Videos 
    Watch the Transitioning to College videos and learn from other students experiences. 
    •   Welcome to Academic Libraries
    •   Talking to Databases
    •   Tips for Research Success
    •   Finding Help When You Need It
    •   College: What to Expect
  • Educators
    Resources for high school educators working to prepare students for college. 
  • Assessment Tools 
    Free and fee-based tools for assessing high school and college students' information literacy skills. 
  • About T2C
    Information about this guide.

This tutorial is designed to help you learn the essential library and research skills that will assist you in finding information for papers and projects. After completing all of the lessons, you should have learned the necessary skills to conduct a successful search for information.  

Format: Graphic Novel PowerPoints for the following topics:

  • Plagiarism
  • Developing a Research Question
  • Finding Information Online
  • Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
  • Primary vs. Seconday Resources
  • How to Use the Library Catalog
  • Call Numbers
  • Boolean Operators
  • Identifying Keywords
  • Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing
  • Information Ethics Dialogue
  • Reference Books
  • Critically Evaluating Information
  • Advanced Search Techniques
  • Article Databases
  • Scholarly and Popular Articles
  • Creating Citations
  • Subject Headings

This tutorial guides students through the research process by including graphic organizers, websites and tutorials for the following questions:


  • How do I decide on a topic?
  • What do I already know?
  • How do I begin my research?


  • How do I find valid information?
  • How do I decide what information will answer my question?
  • How do I organize my work?
  • How do I work with others in a group? 


  • How do I present my project?
  • How do I publish my work?
  • How do I evaluate my project?

Includes interactive tutorials on the following topics:


Sources for Courses — Shows how to choose academic resources wisely, improve search results, and locate the information you need.

Credible Sources Count! — Outlines some questions to ask yourself when evaluating what you find on the web.

Research It Right! — Describes the steps of the research process from finding a topic to the final product.

Searching with Success! — Demonstrates how to better approach searching the web for information.

You Quote It, You Note It! — Explains the basics of avoiding plagiarism by learning why, when, and how to cite.


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