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Engl1102 Fall12 Nagel

  1. 1. ENGL 1102Information LiteracyOutcomes Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified need
  2. 2. Library research What do I want to know?  Define an information need and develop a strategy How do I find it?  Know where to look  Implement search strategy How do I know if it’s right for me?  Evaluate information before you use it
  3. 3. Define an information need Review your assignment  How many sources? What type(s)? What is the audience? What is the intended purpose? Brainstorm for ideas  Talk to friends; browse web; read newspaper Identify main topic and related concepts  Use a thesaurus; break down by subtopic Put it all together  Develop a search strategy
  4. 4. Search strategy Use “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order, i.e., “senior citizens” or (senior citizens) Connect with Boolean operators • AND is AND = narrow automatically used by Google and other search engines to combine terms. OR = expand • Sometimes a program will use a + or – to NOT = exclude substitute for AND or NOT
  5. 5. PUT IT INTO PRACTICEDeveloping search terms
  6. 6. Search terms Use these anywhere CONCEPT 1 CONCEPT 2 CONCEPT 3 Main topic Related concept Subtopic OR OR OR AND AND synonym synonym synonym OR OR OR synonym synonym synonym
  7. 7. KNOW WHERE TO LOOKBooksArticlesOnline resources
  8. 8. Books comprehensive information historical perspective expert analysis find book titles in the CSU Catalog
  9. 9. CSU Catalog
  10. 10. NOTE: You canuse Boolean logicin both basic andadvancedsearches.
  11. 11. Articles contemporary or new information narrowly focused perspective may be popular, trade, or scholarly find articles in a database  citation  full-text
  12. 12. Articles
  13. 13. How to find: Articles General, multidisciplinary databases
  14. 14. Academic Search Complete Select Advanced Search
  15. 15. different ideas connected withAND Search Strategy = adoption AND rights AND “gay parents”
  16. 16. Use suggested subjectterms for brainstorming
  17. 17. similar ideas connected with ORSearch Strategy = adoption AND (rights OR laws) AND(“gay parents” OR homosexuals)
  18. 18. Limit results by availability, type, or dateRemove limiters byclicking the orange X
  19. 19. Article Access Level
  20. 20. Detailed Record
  21. 21. Online Resources today’s information broad, variety perspective questionable reliability and stability find resources from reliable online sources
  22. 22. How to find: Internet Resources Search engines not all created equal! Subject directories organized links to resources Professional & Trade organizations websites provide industry news, directories, etc.
  23. 23. Know Your Domains Extension Type .edu Educational institution .org Non-profit service organizations .gov Government agency .mil Military entities .biz Businesses .com Commercial organization .net Internet service providers
  24. 24. EVALUATINGINFORMATION Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
  25. 25. Evaluating Information Authority Currency Content  Audience  Purpose/Scope  Objectivity/Bias  Accuracy  Quality TIP: Trust no one!
  26. 26. Evaluate: AuthorityWho 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?
  27. 27. Evaluate: CurrencyWhen 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
  28. 28. Evaluate: ContentWho is the intended audience?What is the purpose?What is the scope?Examine objectivityExamine for accuracyIs the information verifiable?Evaluate overall quality
  29. 29. Authority Currency ContentContent Authority
  30. 30. Authority Currency ContentContent
  31. 31. Authority Content Authority ContentCurrency
  32. 32. AuthorityAuthority Currency Content Currency
  33. 33. Putting it all together Know your assignment Clarify your topic Be flexible in your search Critically evaluate your resources
  34. 34. Next steps Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified need  Go to: http://clayton.libguides.com/ENGL1102 for tips on citing sources and avoiding plagiarism

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