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    Information Literacy Orientation (Fall, 2011) Information Literacy Orientation (Fall, 2011) Presentation Transcript

    • Contact a Librarian: Sasha Bishop (Beaufort) · Call: 843-525-8236 · Email: sbishop@tcl.edu Amy Grimm (New River) · Call 843-470-6003 · Email: agrimm@tcl.edu Text a Question: 843-256-2247 Information Literacy & the Research Process
    • The Importance of Good Information
      • SITUATION:
      • Your brother just made his college football team. You plan to be there for his first game.
      • What information do you need?
    • The Facts You Need:
      • Date & time
      • City
      • Stadium location
      • Directions
      • Ticket information
      • Weather forecast
    • Possible Sources of Information
      • Your brother
      • Newspaper
      • Printed game schedule
      • Sports fan friend
      • College or coach
      • Online
        • Map website
        • College webpage
        • Weather forecast site
      • Are all of these sources of information equally reliable? Are they equally accurate?
      • What might go wrong if you get bad information?
    • What other situations call for good information?
      • School assignments
      • Job-hunting
      • Work
      • Learning a new skill
      • Traveling
      • Medical decisions
      • Finding good information for all of these situations requires INFORMATION LITERACY skills
      Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagogeek/4006101093/sizes/l/in/photostream /
    • Information Literacy:
      • The ability to
      • FIND,
      • EVALUATE,
      • and USE
      • RELIABLE INFORMATION
      • Ethically and Legally
      Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/4128848123/
    • The Research Process
      • Today we will look at Information Literacy and the Research Process. Use these steps to help you organize your ideas and information as you prepare your assignments
        • Step 1 : IDENTIFY your information need
        • Step 2: USE BACKGROUND INFORMATION to learn about your subject and develop your topic
        • Step 3: DEVELOP a research strategy
        • Step 4: FIND and EVALUATE information
        • Step 5: WRITE and REVISE your paper
        • Step 6: DOCUMENT your sources
    • Step 1: Determine Your Information Needs
      • What do you need to know about the assignment?
        • Number of pages
        • What subjects to cover
        • How many resources to use
        • Is a bibliography or works cited page required?
    • Step 2: Develop a Topic Using Background Information
      • Look at background information to develop your topic
        • Look at books and websites to get ideas
        • Reference books, such as encyclopedias, are a good place to find background info
      • Once you know a little about your subject, you can come up with a specific topic
        • Try to make your topic BROAD enough that you will be able to find information on it, but NARROW enough that you will be able to cover it in a paper
    • Broad and Narrow Topics
      • Too broad :
        • Sports
      • A narrower topic:
        • Steroid use and sports
      • Even narrower :
        • Steroid use and Olympic athletes
      • Probably too narrow :
        • Steroid use and javelin throwers in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics
    • Step 3: Develop a Research Strategy
      • Once you decide on a topic, review the list of required sources for your assignment
        • Do you need books? Websites? News articles? Scholarly articles? Multimedia?
      • Think of KEYWORDS you can use in your search
        • You will use your keywords to search library catalogs and databases
    • Keywords
      • Sample topic:
        • Should Olympic athletes be penalized for using steroids?
      • What keywords could we use for our search?
        • Olympics, athletes, sports, steroids, doping, drugs, drug abuse, performance-enhancing drugs
      • Coming up with several keywords is important because one catalog or search engine might find many articles under the word “steroids,” but another might find more under “doping”
    • Step 4: Find Information
      • Now that we have a topic and keywords, we are ready to begin our search
      • In this step, we will find info using LRC resources
        • LRC homepage
        • Online Catalog
        • PASCAL Delivers
        • eBooks
        • Databases (articles)
    • Starting Point: The LRC/Library Website
      • On the homepage :
          • The Online Catalog, eBooks, and Databases, accessible 24/7
      • Research and citation assistance with LibGuides
      • IM a librarian
      • Access FAQs
      • Take the information literacy tutorial ( TILT ) to improve your research skills
    • Find info: the LRC Catalog
      • Use the catalog to find books and other materials in our library, as well as ebooks that can be read on your computer
      • Search by title, author, subject, or keyword (e.g., “steroids”)
    • Can’t find a book in the LRC? Use PASCAL Delivers
      • Use PASCAL to order books from other libraries
      • This is a free service, and books usually arrive in our LRC within a week
      • After you do a search in the LRC catalog, click the PASCAL icon at the side of the screen
      • Search for your book
      • Click “Request item”
      • Select TCL as your school and put in your name and library ID
      • Note: Your library ID is the school code (00991000) and your 7-digit TCL ID #, separated by an underscore. If your ID# is only 6 digits, add a 0 after the underscore
      • Examples:
        • If your TCL ID is 2345678, your library ID is 00991000_2345678
        • If your TCL ID is 123456 , your library ID is 00991000_0123456
      • Click here if you do not have a TCL ID
    • Find Information: eBooks
      • Read electronic books on your computer
      • Click “eBook full text” to read
      • Use the tools menu to search within a book and retrieve citation information
      Off-campus access : Username: TCL ID number located on your TCL ID card. (If you do not have a TCL ID, click here .) Password: first initial of your first name + last three digits of your SSN
    • Find Information: Databases
      • Databases let you search many different newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals at one time
      • Try using TCL’s databases instead of websites; the information you find through the databases will usually be more reliable
      • Select a database from the alphabetical list , or from the subject box
        • For English classes, try the “English and Writing” databases
      Off-campus access : Username: TCL ID number located on your TCL ID card. (If you do not have a TCL ID, click here .) Password: first initial of your first name + last three digits of your SSN
    • Database: Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
      • Use Opposing Viewpoints to research controversial topics
      • A good resource for persuasive essays
      • Browse the list of controversial topics, or search by one of your keywords
    • Database: Academic Search Premier
      • Academic Search Premier covers many subject areas
      • Search by your keywords
      • Use the “Limit your results” option to narrow your results
        • Select “full text” to find only full text articles
        • Search Tip:
        • Select “Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journals” to find information in the most reliable sources. A scholarly or peer-reviewed journal is one that has been reviewed by experts in the field prior to publication.
    • Search for Information Online
      • Pros
        • Search engines are user-friendly and usually return lots of results
        • Information comes from a wide range of cultures and perspectives
        • Some online info is very up-to-date
      • Cons
        • You often find inaccurate information
        • You often find irrelevant information
        • You often get too many search results
    • A WARNING about Online Info
      • Web sites can be created by ANYONE
      • Unlike books, web sites can be published very quickly, and are not always edited or checked for accuracy
      • Not all teachers allow online sources for every assignment; make sure you ask before using webpages as sources
      Used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcobellucci/3534516458/
    • Evaluating Information
      • All sources of information should be evaluated
      • When you find a source, ask yourself . . .
        • How reliable is this source? Who wrote it? Is he/she an expert?
        • Is the information given by this source accurate? Can key facts be checked in other reliable sources?
        • How old is this source? Is it current enough for my paper?
        • Does the source cover my topic?
    • Evaluating Websites
      • Evaluate websites carefully before using them as sources
      • Ask yourself . . .
        • Who created this website? Who published it? What are their credentials?
        • Is the information accurate? Can it be verified in other trustworthy sources?
        • When was the site updated? Is the information current enough for my assignment?
        • Does the site offer complete coverage of my topic?
      • For more tips on evaluating websites, check out our Evaluating Web Resources LibGuide
    • STEP 5: Now that you have your sources, you are ready to Write and Revise your paper
      • If you need writing practice, try the LearningExpress Library database
      • Visit the Tutoring Center website to schedule an appointment with a tutor
      • Try Smarthinking, the 24/7 online tutoring service. Click here for more information
    • STEP 6: Document Your Sources
      • Remember, information literacy means using information ETHICALLY and LEGALLY
      • Documenting your sources helps you avoid PLAGIARISM and COPYRIGHT LAW VIOLATION
      Image: jscreationsz, freedigitalphotos.net
    • Plagiarism and Copyright Law
      • PLAGIARISM
        • Copying someone’s work and pretending it is your own
        • Using ideas, quotes, or facts that are not yours without showing where you found them
      • COPYRIGHT LAW
        • Ensures that authors are compensated for their work
          • Be careful when copying: making copies of your textbook for another person’s use is a violation of copyright law
          • Downloading copyrighted works without permission is a violation of U.S. law and TCL policy. Click here for more information
    • Document Your Sources
      • Use citations to show where you found all facts, quotes, and ideas
        • For this class, use current MLA style guidelines
      • If you paraphrase part of an author’s work, or put it into your own words, you must still credit the author by citing your source
      • When you have questions about plagiarism or copyright law, ask a teacher or librarian
    • Resources for MLA Documentation
      • Handbooks and manuals in the LRC
      • MLA Citation Guide ( http://libguides.tcl.edu/MLA )
        • View examples of Works Cited page entries for books, articles, websites, and more
      • NoodleTools (citation assistance)
      • Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab: MLA Style
    • NoodleTools for Documentation:
      • NoodleTools is an online citation manager. Use it to . . .
        • Create citations
        • Generate your Works Cited page
        • Format in-text citations
      • To get started
        • Visit NoodleTools (Off-campus, enter name and TCL ID number when prompted)
        • Create a free account
        • Check out our NoodleTools guide for more information
    • Information Literacy Review
      • Information literacy means . . .
      • Finding,
      • Evaluating, &
      • Using Information Legally and Ethically
      • It is important for school, work, and any activity or situation you encounter that requires good information
    • Research process review
      • Let these steps guide you through your assignments
        • Step 1 : IDENTIFY your information need
        • Step 2: USE BACKGROUND INFORMATION to learn about your subject and develop your topic
        • Step 3: DEVELOP a research strategy
        • Step 4: FIND and EVALUATE information
        • Step 5: WRITE and REVISE your paper
        • Step 6: DOCUMENT your sources
    • LRC Resources
      • The LRC has books, DVDs, videos, newspapers, magazines, and reference materials
      • Check out the TCL Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT) for more information on the research process and LRC resources
      • Can’t find information on a topic? Don’t despair! You can order books from other libraries , read eBooks , or find articles in the Databases
    • LRC Resources: Laptops
      • The LRC checks out laptops to TCL students for up to four weeks at a time
      • Click here to learn more about our laptop program
    • LRC Resources: Kindle eReaders
      • The LRC checks out Kindle e-Readers to TCL students, faculty, and staff for two weeks at a time. Click here to learn more about Kindles and to put one on hold.
    • LRC Resources: Ways to Get Help
      • For information on using our resources, see our LibGuides page
      • Visit our Frequently Asked Questions + Answers page
      • Text the library: 843-256-2247
      • Send us an instant message via the chat window on this page
      • For more help, contact the LRC
    • Library News
      • Want to find out what’s new in the library? Check out the Library Blog for news, book reviews, Kindle information, and more!
    • LRC Hours and Contact Information
      • Beaufort Campus (Building 12, above the Student Center)
        • Mon.-Thurs. 8am–8pm, Fri. 8am– 11:30am
        • Call or email: Sasha Bishop, 843-525-8236, [email_address]
      • New River Campus
        • LRC open for study/lab use Mon.-Fri. 8am – 10pm, Sat. 8am–5pm
        • Librarian hours: Mon. –Thurs. 8am-5:30pm, Fri. 8am-2pm
        • Call or email: Amy Grimm, 843-470-6003, [email_address]