Information Literacy Toolkit: Assignments

Incorporating Toolkit Assignments

Use and Remix

  • All assignments are under a creative commons license
  • Feel free to edit for your classroom or context and to remix assignments with attribution

Guides for Students

Work with a librarian

  • Librarians are happy to help you scaffold research skills into your class. You can:
    • Meet with a librarian to discuss tailored version of assignments or scaffolding research skills into your class
    • Request a library session as part of your class
    • Request training for TAs on incorporating information literacy into your class
  • Use this form for your requests - request a tailored assignment or session with a librarian 

Scaffolding Information Literacy

  • Research skills are hard for first-year students. When assigning a research project, think about all of the skills students need to exhibit and consider ways to support those skills.
  • Think about using the Assignment Design Rubric for Research Assignments to help you judge how supportive your assignment is. 
  • Intermediate assignments like an annotated bibliography are a good way to stair step students up to a full research paper, speech, or other project.

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