TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. There is no charge for using TRAILS.

Details about how the assessment system works may be found at HOW TRAILS WORKS.

Established users sign in.


TRAILS-9 not active, content moved

As of July 1, 2019, TRAILS-9 is no longer an active site. All TRAILS content is now available as an open educational resource (OER) at the new site at TRAILS-Archive.org.

Resources available at TRAILS-Archive.org include:

+ TRAILS assessments as downloadable PDFs

+ A searchable database of all TRAILS items

+ Teaching resources contributed by users

+ A history of TRAILS

Registered TRAILS-9 users

Registered TRAILS users will be able to continue to sign in to this TRAILS-9.org site to view their existing data through June 30, 2020. No other functionality will be available.

Our Appreciation

We are proud of the impact and reach TRAILS has had over the past fourteen years. Its 31,000 registered users administered assessments to nearly 2.5 million students. Our thanks to our committed and active user-base, as well as to the agencies and organizations that have supported us. We are particularly grateful to Carrick Enterprises for hosting the new TRAILS Archive site and for their support during this transition.

TRAILS-9.org was a service of Kent State University Libraries.