Information Literacy OutcomesRecognize an information need and formulate research questions Define an information need and develop a strategyEfficiently access information relevant to the identified need Know where to look Implement and refine search strategyCritically evaluate information using applicable criteria Evaluate information before you use it
Library researchWhat do I want to know?How do I find it?How do I know if it’s right for me?
Evaluating Information Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
Evaluate: AuthorityWho wrote the information?What are his/her/their credentials?What affiliations, if any, does the author have?Is contact information provided?Who published the work?Who sponsored the work?
Evaluate: CurrencyWhen was the work published?Are there multiple editions?Examine currency of references NOTE: Old ≠ Bad! ex: Historical information does not need to be revisited as often as technological information
Evaluate: ContentWho is the intended audience?What is the purpose?What is the scope?Examine objectivityExamine for accuracyIs the information verifiable?Evaluate overall quality
What if I still can’t find what I’mlooking for?Give upSwitch topicsDrop out of schoolLook in a LibGuide for tips and suggested resourcesAsk a librarian for help
Next steps Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified need Go to: http://clayton.libguides.com/ENGL1102 and http://clayton.libguides.com/Research for tips on citing sources and avoiding plagiarism