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Research Companion

Research Companion

Research Companion was developed by ProQuest as an information literacy tool. It was built to help students do more effective scholarly research and to support educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

Check out this video for a quick overview of the power of a research companion.

There are 80 short videos organized into nine Learning Modules that answer questions like "How do I choose a topic?" "Where do I find information?" and "How do I evaluate sources?" Different kinds of "pre" and "post" assessment questions make the viewing experience more interactive, while allowing educators to measure students’ learning and identify gaps in their understanding.

The Research Companion is a cloud-based information literacy solution for student researchers and educators. Aligned both to ACRL Information Literacy and Common Core English Language Arts standards, Research Companion provides a framework and foundation for information literacy instruction.

It easily guides students through the research process and helps them develop their critical thinking and information literacy skills. Studies have shown that today's researchers are unequivocally overwhelmed with too much information and data—throughout all the stages of research process. Developed by writing instructors and librarians, Research Companion combines multimedia-based learning modules and powerful quick-start evaluator tools into one resource.

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Research Companion Videos

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Importance of Information Literacy

According to the American Library AssociationInformation literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." The Research Companion is an excellent resource that helps you to be able to understand and recognize good and quality information for your research.There are many built in tools and features of the Research Companion that will help you search for quality resources as well as evaluate resources. Some of the tools that will help you in your research are a topic aid, search aids, and evaluations aid. The process of learning how to search for topics and evaluating resources is very simple with Research Companion. You simply have to type or paste information in the search bar and the Research Companion will help you determine if what you have found is quality information resource. With the help of Research Companion and its built tools and videos you will better understand how to find reliable and quality information.