Assignment: Week 2 of 5:
SAILS Exam – Information Literacy
Prepare: Knowing how to thoroughly research a topic is extremely important while achieving
your education. You may be asked to support your information with peer-reviewed scholarly
resources, but how can you find this type of resource? The Ashford University Library allows
you to search through different avenues to find the requested types of resources. You can narrow
your search by the author, year published, title, subject, and by indicating what type of resource
you are looking for. You even have access to a librarian if you need some guidance in finding
more resources on your topic.
Reflect: Given that you have been in college for awhile, it’s time to reflect on what you have
learned through the use of the Ashford University Library in relation to how you learned to
acquire new information from a variety of sources.
Write: This week, you will take the Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills
(SAILS) Exam. This exam is not graded, and your results are anonymous. The exam will exit
from your screen immediately after completion, and you will not receive feedback or results.
This is a nationally-normed, standardized exam for students in universities all over the United
States. The results of this assessment will guide Ashford University in developing the best
possible library resources and research methodologies training. Results will be published (in
aggregate) on Ashford’s assessment website. Your participation is voluntary, so thank you if you
choose to participate. Click on the link to access the SAILS Exam.
Education Level for SAILS EXAM: Senior
Major: Social Science / Psychology
After completing the SAILS Exam, in at least 4 paragraphs (of five or more sentences each),
Describe your experiences using resources, including concerns encountered when conducting
academic research through the Ashford University Library. Areas of concern may include
developing a research strategy, using the search function within a database, or evaluating
Explain how using the Ashford University Library has improved your experience in conducting
research. For example, you could identify and explain how specific tutorials that you have used
have helped improve your ability to conduct research.
Special Notes from me:
Ashford Library has been difficult to navigate in comparison to previous online schools I’ve
attended which has resulted in frustration and anxiety.
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