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Information Literacy at Alliant International University: Home


Starting in Fall 2020, the library will advance its information literacy efforts in a new way. Information literacy refers to the ability to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information as a means of making decisions and analyzing evidence. Traditionally, the library’s information literacy efforts have involved in-person library instruction provided upon request by faculty. The new approach will ensure that all students receive information literacy training

Over the past months, Alliant program directors have each identified one course in their program into which information literacy instruction will be incorporated. This instruction has two components: an online, self-paced course called Proquest Research Companion; and the library instruction Alliant has traditionally provided. These two components will give students a general understanding of the concepts and skills included under the “information literacy” umbrella, as well as instruction in how to apply those skills at Alliant Library. The Alliant library instruction can be delivered online via Zoom or, once campuses eventually reopen, in person.


If you will be teaching a course that includes the information literacy module, you have two tasks:

  1. Assign students to complete the Proquest Research Companion course. This course is online and self-paced, and takes 2 to 3 hours to complete. At the end of the course, students can print out a page showing they have completed all of the sections, and then send this to you as verification - THERE IS NO CERTIFICATE AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED. You can forward these documents to the library if you wish, but you are not required to. Below is a PDF with instructions for students to use Proquest Research Companion. The link they should follow is The link is included in the document as well.
  2. Schedule a visit by a librarian to your class, online or in person (in person once the quarantine ends). Send your request to and indicate several days and times that would work. Please specify which campus the class is meeting at, or if it is meeting online. If you are unable to find a time during class for this instruction, we also have a link to a recorded version that we can provide – just let us know if you need this.





As we release additional information about this initiative, we will post it on this page. In the meantime, if you have any questions please send them to

Using Proquest Research Companion


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