Listicle Literacy

Person writing in journal

As I write my staycation to-do lists, I think of how listicles play a large role in blogging culture.  According to Wikipedia, a listicle “uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article” (Listicle, 2018, para. 1).  Examples include my 2018 Top  Articles post.

Toor (2019) describes how lists–including listicles–can help writers organize ideas.  More specifically she notes that listmaking can help the writer find gaps in his or her research.  Organizing ideas is one part of the Research as Inquiry Frame.   So is identifying gaps in one’s information (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 18).

To close with another useful list,  check out the Reference and User Services Association’s  Best Free Reference Websites.  Enjoy the list and enjoy your vacations.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.

Listicle. (2018). Retrieved August 9, 2019 from

Toor, R. (2019, June 11). 7 ways that list-making helps you produce scholarly work [Blog post]. Retrieved from


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