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High School to College Transition

Use this guide to find information and activities to prepare for the transition from high school to college level research.

Seniors Today, Freshmen Tomorrow: The High School To College Transition

 Developing Information Literacy (research) skills before you get to college will help you to:

  • Get better grades

  • Take fewer remedial (catch-up) courses

  • Make college research less stressful and take less time

What are Information Literacy Skills?

Information Literacy Skills empower people to think critically about information.

The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education from the Association of College and Research Libraries defines and organizes information literacy skills for two- and four-year colleges nation-wide:


Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing

  • The reflective discovery of information
  • The understanding of how information is produced and valued
  • The use of information om creating new knowledge
  • Participating ethically in communities of learning. 

Essential Concepts:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration 

Washtenaw Community College Bailey Library

Visit the Bailey Library at WCC to:

  • Access online e-articles and e-books
  • Borrow books with a community user card.
  • Get research help from WCC librarians.

Visit the Bailey Library Website to:

  • Access the library's Research Guides (books, articles, and websites by topic).
  • Get research help using the 24/7 online chat service. 

MeL - Michigan eLibrary

  • Access free full-text articles, e-books, and digital images.
  • Request books from other Michigan libraries. Free delivery to your library.