Research Materials

Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, organize, and use information effectively and ethically. Throughout students' four years at Hunterdon Central, they will engage in research and inquiry projects that require them to develop the following skills: defining an information need, selecting appropriate sources, formulating search strategies, and evaluating information for relevancy and quality. These information literacy skills enable students to become critical thinkers in an ever-changing, information-rich society.

On this page are information literacy resources for students, staff, and parents.

Citation Information

Copyright and Creative Commons

Source Evaluation

IMC Source Evaluation

Evaluation - Information Need

  • Checklist of questions from Chapter 7 of the Basic Library Research Handbook by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library - scroll down to "Identifying your Information Need"
  • Evaluating Information from University of Toledo Libraries - Look under the heading, "Before you start searching, define your information need"

Evaluation - Information Quality

Kathy Schrock's Evaluation Tools

Alan November's Web Literacy for Educators. REAL is a four-step web evaluation process:

  • Read the URL
  • Examine the Content
  • Ask about the Author and Owner
  • Look at the Links

Guided Inquiry and Information Search Process

Check out the following resource on Guided Inquiry! Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School by Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann K. Caspari. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012.

Developed by Dr. Carol Kuhlthau, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, the Information Search Process (ISP) is a "seven" stage research process. This model focuses on three aspects of research: the affective (feelings), the cognitive (thoughts) and the physical (actions) of each stage.

Initiation
Selection
Exploration
Formulation
Collection
Presentation
Assessment

Teachers: Visit the "Information Search Process: A Model for Student Research" Moodle site for research project resources.

Search Strategies

Research and The Common Core Standards

Developing Research Questions

Developing a Research Question
How To: Inquiry (scroll down to Step 1: Posing Real Questions)
Creating Questions