Test your research iq


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Test your research iq

  1. 1. 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”
  2. 2. What kind of information do most databases include? • Popular & scholarly journals • Maps, Photographs • Newspapers • Speeches, government documents • Audio & Videos • Critical Essays T/F: The school has a free Noodletools account. TRUE
  3. 3. 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, art • RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings.
  4. 4. • Before starting their research, students should ________________________________ to get a better general understanding of their topic. • PRE-search • READ critically and carefully. Literature review. • Get general understanding of all at issue. • Gather KEYWORDS.
  5. 5. Evaluating websites-C.R.A.P. • Currency • How recent is the information? • How recently has the website been updated? • Is it current enough for your topic? • Reliability • What kind of information is included in the resource? • Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced? • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
  6. 6. More C.R.A.P. • Authority • 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 something? • Is it biased?
  7. 7. Can we find good info online? • Is there a correct way to use Wikipedia? • Do you know about Google’s Advanced search features? • Do you know about Sweet Search?
  8. 8. • Do all of our new students come to us equally prepared? • No way, Jose’. • Need to integrate information literacy instruction in a meaningful way beginning 9th, 10th, polishing 11th and 12th.
  9. 9. The Big6™ Skills The Big6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem. 1. Task Definition 1.1 Define the information problem 1.2 Identify information needed (to solve the information problem) o What is my current task? o What are some topics or questions I need to answer? o What information will I need? 2. Information Seeking Strategies 2.1 Determine all possible sources (brainstorm) 2.2 Select the best sources o What are all the possible sources to check? o What are the best sources of information for this task? 3. Location and Access 3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically) 3.2 Find information within sources o Where can I find these sources? o Where can I find the information in the source? 4. Use of Information 4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch) 4.2 Extract relevant information o What information do I expect to find in this source? o What information from the source is useful? 5. Synthesis 5.1 Organize from multiple sources 5.2 Present the information o How will I organize my information? o How should I present my information? 6. Evaluation 6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness) 6.2 Judge the process (efficiency) o Did I do what was required? o Did I complete each of the Big6 Stages efficiently? The "Big6™" is copyright © (1987) Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. For more information, visit: www.big6.com Handout created by: Barbara J. Shoemaker, School Media Specialist, Mill Road Elementary, K-2 Red Hook Central School District, Red Hook, NY
  10. 10. A few Success stories • Katie Landers & the Gender Benders Google Lesson • Kathy and datacenter research • History introduction to research process, touring physical library. • English III Rhetoric/Persuasive Speech • Frances Intellectual Property
  11. 11. 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, etc. • Book talk before a break. • Performance/Display Space to inspire community • What are your ideas?