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English Composition Information Literacy Toolkit: Introduction

Content and activities for information literacy competencies.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy Toolkit

Welcome! This Toolkit provides content & activities for developing information literacy competencies for EN 101 & EN 102. As you progress through each of the eight modules, you will come to better understand many different aspects involved in working with outside sources.  These modules are intended as starting points—you and your instructor will add to, build upon, and further practice the following skills:

  • Choosing a Topic - Narrowing and broadening your topic 
  • Identifying Keywords - Exploring search-term language 
  • Searching for Sources - Using effective search strategies  
  • Evaluating - Assessing credibility
  • Summarizing, Paraphrasing, & Quoting - Using the ideas and words of others
  • Synthesizing - Reading, analyzing, and creating something new
  • Integrating - Incorporating sources into your writing   
  • Documenting - Using citation standards without plagiarizing 

The modules in this Toolkit are numbered to help guide you to new understandings; however, you may find that you have to continuously revisit steps in the writing and researching process.  Exploring other people's ideas and writings will shape and even change your own, so we encourage you to move backward and forward through these modules in order to allow your ideas to evolve.  As the diagram below indicates, the process of creation and re-creation is recursive, not linear, and will require flexibility on your part as a reader, writer, and critical thinker.  When you're ready to begin, click on module #1 above!