Transitioning to College Libraries

Table of Contents:

Transitioning to College Libraries

Research & Information Skills Challenge

Checklist & Overview

Research & Information Skills Tutorials


Library Resource Games

Information Fluency Challenges

Information Fluency Tutorials

Additional Games

Kent StateTTC

T2C: Transitioning to College Libraries

This LibGuide organizes information about college libraries, the differences between academic and school libraries, and research process. The guide feature brief, scripted videos following "Jason" and "Emily" through their first year of college as they are "mentored" by Brian. Each page includes helpful resources and tips to help prepare you for college, and hopefully feel welcome in the library.

Transitioning to College : Academic Libraries
All about college and university libraries and how they differ from high school and public libraries.

Transitioning to College : Tips for College Research
How to successfully complete research assignments.

Develop a Topic

Identify Potential Sources

Develop, Use and Revise Search Strategies

Evaluate Sources and Information

Use Information Responsibly, Ethically and Legally

Transitioning to College : College: What to Expect
Differences between high school and college


Research & Information Skills Challenges


TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

TRAILS helps you determine the level of your information literacy skills with multiple-choice questions from Kent State University Libraries. It targets a variety of skills based on 12th grade standards

If you are interested in taking the test to assess your knowledge, contact Ms. Cooper at 201-784-1600 x24350 or [email protected] for a code and access:

Northen Valley Old Tappan TRAILS Assessment

Research Skills Overview & Checklist


Research Survival Skills(1 page overview)
"The Skills College Freshmen Need to Succeed"

A Transition Checklist for High School Seniors


Owen, Patricia. “A Transition Checklist for High School Seniors.” School Library Monthly, XXVI, no. 8, Apr. 2010, pp. 20-23., Accessed 31 May 2017.

Record Newspaper Article: June 4, 2017

College Advice from the 'Experts' Who've Been There

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Information Fluency Challenges

Games about searching the Internet effectively.

Refine keyword queries and browse for results.

Search Challenge Level1

Search Challenge Level 2

Select and query the right database for the job.

Search Challenge Level 3

Search Challenge Level 4

Use special operators to locate information.

Search Challenge Level 5

Search Challenge Level 6


Keyword Challenges

Nyms Challenges

Database Challenges

Snippet Sleuth

Gold Rush Challenges


Author Challenge

Publisher Challenge

Date Challenge

Accuracy Challenge

Evidence Challenge

Backlinks Challenge

Bias Challenge

Evaluation Challenge

Bad Apple Challenges

Ethical Use

Ethical Use Index

Plagiarism Challenge I

Plagiarism Challenge II

Plagiarism Challenge III

Copyright Challenge

Cite the Source

Citation Challenge

All Challenges (Several are outdated.)

Information Fluency Homepage



Web Site Investigator

This game features four cases in which you will have to use the skills listed above.


Research & Information Skills Tutorials



Information Literacy Interactive Tutorials
Research Skills

Introduction to Academic Research
"A video explains types of sources, a screencast tutorial demonstrates how to search Academic Search Complete, and students can practice searching for an article related to their topic. "

Boolean Bonanza
"Students help 3 people choose the best Boolean search commands for their searches. Venn Diagrams change color and the search statement is dynamically updated as students select the Boolean commands. Constructive feedback is given for each submission."

Narrowing a Topic
"In this scenario based activity, students help 3 people narrow down their topics. By moving a series of sliders, students aim to develop a research question that is interesting, yet narrow enough to find scholarly sources."

Evaluating Sources
"In this scenario based activity, students help 4 people to evaluate 3 sources they are considering using for their paper. Students can read the entirety of each source, then write a 2 to 3 sentence explanation of why someone should or shouldn't use the source and why."

Anatomy of Citations - MLA Style
"Students must identify the needed parts of 3 real publications and drag them to the appropriate category, i.e. Journal Title, Volume, Page Number."

Use of Sources
"To practice thinking about what sources work well together, instead of choosing sources, students will choose who to invite to a small dinner party."

All Lessons for First-Year English Classes


Information Literacy Video Tutorials
Research Process

Module 1: How Do I Search

Search Logic
Research Topic
Finding Keywords
Initial Search

Module 2: Sources

What Types of Sources Can I Use?
College Level Sources
Can I Use This Source?

Module 3: Finding Books (Specific to the UWM catalog)

Module 4: Finding an Article

Database Records
Selecting Articles

Module 5: Using the Web

Search Logic
Google Search ñ Evaluating Results
Evaluating Webpages
Google Scholar

Module 6: Citing Sources

What Belongs in a Citation?
Quick citation Sources

All Modules



College Research: What I Wish I had known (8 min)
College students discuss what is different about researching in college.

Research at the College Level: Advice for High School Students (8 min)
College students and professors discuss what to expect from college research assignments.

College Research Survival Skills (18 min)

Professors describe what college students should know about conducting research.


Library Resource Games

Ready Reference
Is your knowledge of the types of books in the library worth a million dollars?

Encyclopedia Challenge Board
Play a jeopardy style game to pit your knowledge of encyclopedias against a friend!

Primary and Secondary Sources
If you answer all questions about primary and secondary sources, perhaps you could become a millionaire.

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Information Fluency Tutorials

Micromodules are self-paced, on-demand learning experiences each tailored to a specific topic about Internet searching. They are designed as 10-15 minute tutorials.


Query: What is a Query? 

Search Box Strategy

Search Engines

Search Process

Sitemaps: What are they and how do they work?

Subject Indexes



Athor: Who Wrote This Webpage

Links From

Publisher: Who Published This Web Site?

Traditional Sources

Ethical Use



All Micromodules (Not all are available for free.)

Tip Sheets:

Searching (10 Tips)

Evaluating (10 Tips)

Ethical Use (6 Tips)

Additional Games

Information Skills Games (Difficult to access)

* Quarantined: Axl Wise and the Information Outbreak (Arizona State):

* The Information Literacy Game

This game loads slowly. Be patient.

Roll the dice, then answer the question to move around the board.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them in the LMC.

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