Deanship of Academic Affairs
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus


To coordinate and institutionalize student learning assessment efforts through the integration and implementation of the Evaluation of the Student Learning Plan of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

To provide support services to coordinators of the assessment program about the selection of suitable quantitative and qualitative instruments and the disclosure of assessment results within the campus.

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miércoles, 10 de agosto de 2011

Information Literacy activity - How to develop an annotated bibliography

The Presidential Committee on Information Literacy of the American Library Association on its 1989 report defined information literacy as 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". Due to increasing developments in technology, the amount of the information that is published on the World Wide Web is increasing at an unprecedented rate. A 21st century student has to be able to filter information through multiple strategies in order to find the one that he or she requires.

Dr. Laurie A Ortiz, librarian in the Santiago Iglesias, son, Library of the School of Architecture, has adapted an activity from Burkhard, MacDonald & Rathemacher (2003) book-Teaching information literacy: 35 practical, standards-based exercises for college students- in which students are required develop an annoted bibliography for a research topic of their choice. Students need to locate in the UPR-RP Library System four books and four articles that are related to their a research topic and develop a brief descriptive and evaluative note of each one in regards to its content, purpose, utility, usefulness, authority, recentness and organization. Professors and Librarians can use the provided rubric to assess each student's paper. This activity is intended for students that have limited experience using online library system databases and is a great way for students of all levels to test some of their information literacy skills.

To download Dr. Ortiz's activity and rubric, click on the following link.

For other useful resources, such as a MLA or APA tutorials, or presentations about MLA or APA (link 1, link 2) style manuals, we recommend visiting the School of Architecture Library's web page (

If you would like to contact Dr. Ortiz, please do so at

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