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English Composition Information Literacy Toolkit: #1 Choosing a Topic

Content and activities for information literacy competencies.


  • Choose a topic that fits your assignment
  • Gather ideas using different types of resources
  • Narrow a topic and explore research questions

Watch the Tutorial

Complete the Activity

Before you begin the worksheet: Ask your instructor which file type they prefer.  Then choose one of the file formats below (PDF or Word).  Before you begin, you must save the document to your computer.  After you save it initially, you can then open it, fill it out, and save it again under a unique file name.  If you do not save the document to your computer first, you may lose your work!

The above worksheet asks you to conduct different searches.  Below, you will find search boxes to help you complete the activity.

Search Wikipedia: