Test your research IQ
What is meant by ‘Information Literacy’?
A set of standards and abilities for both recognizing when
information is needed and having the skills to find, evaluate,
and apply that information.
What is a scholarly source?
Written by an expert in the field, or included in a journal
where experts review/edit. AKA “Peer Reviewed”
What kind of information do most databases include?
• Popular & scholarly journals
• Maps, Photographs
• Speeches, government documents
• Audio & Videos
• Critical Essays
T/F: The school has a free Noodletools account.
What are some examples of PRIMARY sources?
• ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS: Diaries, speeches,
manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage,
autobiographies, official records
• CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music,
• RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing,
• Before starting their research, students should
________________________________ to get a
better general understanding of their topic.
• READ critically and carefully. Literature review.
• Get general understanding of all at issue.
• Gather KEYWORDS.
• How recent is the information?
• How recently has the website been updated?
• Is it current enough for your topic?
• What kind of information is included in the
• Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is
• Does the creator provide references or sources
for data or quotations?
• Who is the creator or author?
• What are the credentials? Are they reputable?
• Are there advertisements on the website?
• Purpose/Point of View
• Is this fact or opinion?
• Is the creator/author trying to sell you
• Is it biased?
Can we find good info online?
• Is there a correct way to use Wikipedia?
• Do you know about Google’s Advanced search
• Do you know about Sweet Search?
• Do all of our new students come to us equally
• No way, Jose’.
• Need to integrate information literacy
instruction in a meaningful way beginning 9th,
10th, polishing 11th and 12th.
A few Success stories
• Katie Landers & the Gender Benders Google
• Kathy and datacenter research
• History introduction to research process,
touring physical library.
• English III Rhetoric/Persuasive Speech
• Frances Intellectual Property
Ideas for next year-
Have librarian will travel.
• Libguides created over summer
• Screencast demos
• Be on hand when working in class.
• Google like a librarian, demo databases, Noodletools,
• Book talk before a break.
• Performance/Display Space to inspire community
• What are your ideas?