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.

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Use Information Responsibly: email invitations are out inviting users to write new items for this TRAILS category. Input for this category will close on 4/18/2015. The category of Evaluate Sources + Information closes on 4/4/2015. Your contributions make a difference. If you have difficulty logging in to the item writing site or have questions, send a note to us through the Contact Us link. [3/30/2015]

The first half of the year has gone by quickly! TRAILS was administered to over 196,000 students in over 9,500 sessions. We appreciate your continuing interest and support. [12/29/2014]

Preparing your students for college? The TRAILS-12 sister site--Transitioning to College (T2C) provides resources for both students and librarians about the college experience and the role of academic libraries. T2C users include high school juniors and seniors and their librarians, guidance counselors, and teachers, as well as those working with incoming college freshmen. T2C is freely available at (http://libguides.library.kent.edu/t2c)

Common Core State Standards: All items have been aligned with the Common Core State Standards. You can see this tagging when you log in and choose "View Available Assessments" using the Expanded View.

Check out the TRAILS wiki (http://trails-informationliteracy.wikispaces.com)

TRAILS is a service of Kent State University Libraries.