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Here you’ll find some great and useful information, tutorials, and guides to help you find the information you need. Whether to get your paper off on the right foot or look up a quick inquiry question, this is the place to begin. Learn about avoiding plagiarism, where to start looking for sources, how to
 evaluate the credibility of websites and more. Get started with the information you are looking for:

 Resources - where do I look for credible information?
 Evaluating my sources - is it a credible website?
 Citing your sources - how should I do this?
 Picking a topic - how do I narrow my topic?
 Plagiarism - what is it and how do I avoid it?



Empire State Information Fluency Continuum



A new resource, called the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, is now available thanks to the NYC School Library System. This resource emphasizes the importance of inquiry in learning and establishes information fluency standards for grades K-12, which are aligned with Common Core Learning Standards. The fusion of the two sets of standards aims to create students who are capable of absorbing and applying appropriate information to any situation. The document identifies three information literacy standards which encourage students to be thinkers, explorers, and citizens and outlines the essential steps of inquiry: connect, wonder, investigate, construct, express, and reflect. The continuum also includes grade-specific benchmarks for information skill development and sample diagrams and worksheets which may be used to assess students’ progress. Finally, there is a helpful chart for administrators, teachers, and librarians that links progress along the fluency continuum with various Common Core Learning Standards in reading, writing, and speaking & listening. The continuum helps apply Common Core Learning Standards to real-world classroom teaching and is a great resource to use for grade-specific lesson planning. Click  here for handouts and assessments.

Credit
The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum was developed by the New York City School Library System and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike(link is external) license.

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