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Data Resources, Data Visualization, and Data Literacy: Information Literacy

An instructor’s guide to using St. Louis Fed resources in the classroom and at the library

Information Literacy

Did you know FRED can be used to teach Information Literacy?

Librarians and instructors can use this lesson to develop information and data literacy skills with their students.

Keeping It Real: Teach ACRL Information Literacy Frames with FRED Data

FRASER Learning Toolkits

Keep the Toolkit resources bookmarked to use each time you come across a chart for study.

This first toolkit provides a series of resources for students (grade 6-12) to read, interpret, and think critically about charts in textbooks and historical documents.

It has three main parts: (1) the Glossary of Chart Terms, (2) the Visual Glossary of Chart Types, and (3) Historical Inquiry Questions for Charts. It also includes a suggested procedure for how to use the Toolkit.

1) Learning Toolkit: Historical Inquiry With Charts

This second toolkit is for students grades 8-12 and uses maps and charts from the Statistical Atlas of 1870 to teach data literacy skills with a variety of activities. It has four parts: (1) Historical Inquiry With Population Maps, (2) Historical Inquiry With the 1870 Church Accommodation Chart, (3) Historical Inquiry With the 1870 Occupations and School Attendance Chart, and (4) Historical Inquiry With the 1870 State Population Chart

2) Learning Toolkit: Historical Inquiry With the Statistical Atlas of 1870

Data Literacy with FRED Interactives

FRED Interactives give users a pre-test, then present a short lesson using FRED, and then users test their knowledge in a post-test. 

These quick lessons can help build data literacy skills for students.

See the lessons available as FRED Interactives

To access FRED Interactives, you must register an account with the St. Louis Fed's Econlowdown portal

Teachers can set up classes of students to track their class progress before and after the lesson.