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Information Literacy for Engineering Students


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This presentation was developed for a Senior design course in Electrical Engineering as part of the ABET accreditation requirements for engineering graduates. It attempts to teach information …

This presentation was developed for a Senior design course in Electrical Engineering as part of the ABET accreditation requirements for engineering graduates. It attempts to teach information literacy concepts and relate them to the engineering curriculum and profession.

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  • Introductions John Meier – my background and then current job The students – How have you used the library at UNO? Write on chalkboard? How many of you know what you are going to do when you graduate? Show the statistics for EE graduates with bachelors and masters degrees.
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    • 1. ENEE 3091 Senior Electrical Engineering Design Project John J Meier Engineering Librarian [email_address] 504-280-7280 Library 126
    • 2. Overview
      • Pre-assessment
      • Introduction to Information Literacy
      • Information Literacy specifically for Electrical Engineers
      • Examples of information sources
        • IEEE Explore
        • Google Scholar
    • 3. Importance of Life-long Learning and Information Literacy for Engineers
      • Taking responsibility for one’s own learning is the first step towards self empowerment and is characteristic of an educated person.
      • Students who know how to find and how to ask for information experience positive learning encounters.
      • Possessing a basic skill set in retrieving and analyzing information facilitates all other learning.
      • Engineers today require a high degree of proficiency in a range of abilities outside of the traditional course content.
      • The Engineering Industry is concerned about the lack of information literacy skills demonstrated by new engineering graduates
      • ABET includes in its 2000 guidelines a requirement, requiring teaching students “to learn how to learn.”
    • 4. Information Literacy Standard One
      • The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed
        • Develop a research topic or information need
        • Know where to look and identify information sources. How are the sources different
        • What types of information are specific to the topic (journals, technical documentation, etc)
        • The cost and benefit in time and money
    • 5. Information Literacy Standard Two
      • Information Literate student acquires needed information effectively and efficiently.
        • Identify keywords and parameters for searching.
        • Expand or narrow search based on results
        • Locate and store the information results
        • Record citation / link information
        • Librarians as experienced searchers
    • 6. Information Literacy Standard Three
      • The information literate student critically evaluates the procured information and its sources, and as a result, decides whether or not to modify the initial query and/or seek additional sources and whether to develop a new research process.
    • 7. Information Literacy Standard Three
      • Critically evaluates the information and its sources
        • Examine your results and who produced them
      • Decides to modify the initial query and/or seek additional sources
        • Summarize the results, check your original question
      • Decides to develop a new research process.
        • Use your prior knowledge and integrate new information. Should you start a new search?
    • 8. Information Literacy Standard Four
      • …understands the economic, ethical, legal, and social issues…and uses the information effectively, ethically, and legally.
        • If you share your results you will have to share your methods for obtaining them, keep it within restrictions
        • As a producer of research or products, you will see the reason from the “other side of the fence”
        • Communicate your results effectively
        • Add creativity, which is your contribution
    • 9. Information Literacy Standard Five
      • … information literacy is an ongoing process and an important component of lifelong learning and recognizes the need to keep current regarding new developments in the field
        • Information sources are not always permanent
        • These skill cross all disciplines and efforts
        • Keep current on new technology and research - Trade Journals, Magazines, News, RSS, Professional Societies and Conferences
    • 10. UNO Library
    • 11. Engineering Subject Guide
    • 12. IEEE Xplore
    • 13. Google Scholar