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InfoLit - a FiveMinute Intro

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a quick overview of the ACRL information literacy standards along with some helpful hints to get students started with research

a quick overview of the ACRL information literacy standards along with some helpful hints to get students started with research

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  • 1. Information Literacy A Five Minute Introduction Ben Bryson Reference & Instruction Librarian Altamaha Technical College This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. 1
  • 2. Information Literacy "To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (ALA, Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report) http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4194288017/ 2
  • 3. Information Literacy Competency Standards in Plain English (adapted from ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education [http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm]) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/annarbor/4350629792/) 3
  • 4. You can: Identify what kind of information you need and how much ("Standard One" in ALA, Information Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 4
  • 5. You can: Quickly find the information you’re looking for ("Standard Two" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 5
  • 6. You can: Judge the quality of the information you find ("Standard Three" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 6
  • 7. You can: Use it to increase your knowledge ("Standard Three" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 7
  • 8. You can: Communicate what you have learned to others ("Standard Four" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards in Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 8
  • 9. You can: Give credit where credit is due ("Standard Six" in ALA, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education) http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbrandon/3187207970/ 9
  • 10. Essential Questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/o5com/4951006091/ 10
  • 11. How do I know what kind of information I will need? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 11
  • 12. What is the best way for me to find this information? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 12
  • 13. How can I judge the quality of the information I find? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 13
  • 14. How can I best use and communicate the information I find? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 14
  • 15. What can I do to credit my sources properly? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4556156477/ 15
  • 16. Make It Happen with a Research Strategy (adapted from The Seven Steps of the Research Process [http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill1.htm] with permission from Olin Library Reference Research & Learning Services Cornell University Library Ithaca, NY, USA) http://www.flickr.com/photos/annarbor/4350629792/ 16
  • 17. Strategy for Success #1 Identify and Develop Your Topic - State your topic as a question - Identify the main concepts or keywords in your question (Step 1 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 17
  • 18. Strategy for Success #2 Find Background Information - Use keywords to search encyclopedias or subject dictionaries (Step 2 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 18
  • 19. Strategies for Success #3 Look for information in a variety of places. - Search the library catalog for books. - Search online databases for journal articles. - Search the internet for appropriate web pages. (Steps 3, 4, and 5 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 19
  • 20. Strategy for Success #4 Evaluate the information you found. - Is it relevant to your topic? - Check the authority of the source. - Find supporting information. (Step 6 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 20
  • 21. Strategy for Success #5 Cite what you find and use in a standard format. - MLA for English and other Humanities courses - APA for Psychology and other Social Science courses (Step 7 in "The Seven Steps of the Research Process") http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/2189398600/in/photostream/ 21
  • 22. Works Cited American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report. Rep. Chicago: American Library Association, 1989. ALA | Home - American Library Association. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. American Library Association. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Working paper. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000. ALA | Home - American Library Association. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Olin Library Reference. "The Seven Steps of the Research Process." The Seven Steps of the Research Process | Olin & Uris Libraries. Cornell University Library, 22 Dec. 2009. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4194288017/