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Information Literacy Instructor's Resource: Creating Powerful Information Literacy Assignments

This LibGuide provides information and resources for instructors who want to integrate information literacy instruction and assignments into their courses.

Powerful IL Assignments

This slideshow details the advantages of authentic, situated learning for students and faculty.  It also offers direction in creating situated learning scenarios that teach and enhance IL and critical-thinking skills.

Effective research assignments...

  • reinforce course content.
  • reinforce research skills, information literaacy, and lifelong learning.
  • are creative and get students thinking "outside the box."
  • work against plagiarism and cheating.


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Contact Dr. Carol Leibiger at: or 605-658-3383.

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How to Create Effective IL Assignments

Follow these steps to create effective library/information literacy assignments:

  1. Choose the IL outcome(s) that you want to teach.  The checklist provided below is especially helpful in identifying desirable IL outcomes associated with each of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
  2. Choose a context associated with your discipline that students can expect to encounter in their academic or professional lives.
  3. Choose an activity or problem associated with that context.
  4. Make sure that information finding is a natural, normal part of that activity.
  5. Assess/grade the assignment with attention to information finding, evaluation, and use.

The file below contains a checklist of student learning outcomes associated with the ACRL IL Standards for Higher Education.  They are useful in providing the outcomes for discipline-based IL assignments.

Designing Meaningful Library Assignments

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