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.
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According to the American Library Association Information 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.