Information Literacy Toolkit: Welcome to the Toolkit

Use the Toolkit

The Information Literacy Toolkit is a collection of resources that faculty and instructors can use to help plan or implement assignments in classes. These resources can help you scaffold research skills into your classes, think of new ways to assign research, and help you assess your students' work. To use:

  • Choose from the menu of assignments along the top to browse the Toolkit's contents.
  • Find out about about using Google Docs in the box at the bottom of this page.
  • All resources are Creative-Commons licensed.  Feel free to reuse and remix resources with attribution.
  • Faculty and instructors, we are happy to work with you to integrate research into your courses! Learn more about our instruction services.

What is Information Literacy?

In its simplest terms Information Literacy can be called research skills.  Students who are information literate can recognize when they need information, can find the appropriate information for their need, can ethically use information, and can evaluate information for credibility.  

Librarians use the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to help us think about teaching these concepts.  


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.


creative commons license cc by ncThe Information Literacy Toolkit, created by University of Texas Libraries, was adapted by Portland State University Library in July 2019 and is licensed CC BY-NC