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  • The Advantages & Pitfalls of Teaching Legal Research Techniques to Generation Google Jamie Marie Keller, JD, MLIS Reference Law Librarian Florida Coastal School of Law Presented to North Carolina Central University, School of Law
  • Roadmap Literacy & Ability of Generation Google The Single Search Box Conundrum The Wikipedia Debate Three Ways to Incorporate Information Literacy into Every Class
  • Types of LiteracyLane Wilkinson, Reorganizing Literacy, SENSE & REFERENCE (Sept. 19, 2011),http://senseandreference.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/reorganizing-literacy/.
  • Information Literacy Defined A set of abilities requiring individuals to „recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.‟Assoc. of Coll. & Research Libraries, Info. Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Educ., AMN. LIBRARIES ASSOC.(2012), http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.
  • Information LiteracyBasic Research Skills Recognize Need for Information Construct Research Strategy Locate & Access Compare & Evaluate Organize, Apply, & Communicate Synthesize & CreateNovice Beginner Competent Proficient Expert Adapted from SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy (England), in Irmin Allner, Designing Effective Writing Assignments and the Teaching of Information Literacy, (Sept. 2009), http://www.tamuk.edu/cte/PRESENTATIONS/effective_writing_assignments_september2009.ppt
  • Advantages & Pitfalls of Generation Google Searching1. Can access print & 1. Rely mostly on digital digital sources sources 2. Don‟t use controlled2. Use keyword vocabulary or operators searches 3. Don‟t use databases3. Use search engines 4. Rely on “name brands”4. Want to be efficient 5. Unable to evaluate source researchers 6. Unable to cite the info properlyILENE F. ROCKMAN, Introduction: The Importance of Information Literacy, in INTEGRATING INFORMATION LITERACY INTO THEHIGHER EDUCATION CURRICULUM: PRACTICAL MODELS FOR TRANSFORMATION (2004) available athttp://media.wiley.com/product_data/excerpt/78/07879652/0787965278.pdf; Alison J. Head & Michael B. Eisenberg,Finding Context: What Today’s College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age, PROJECT INFORMATIONLITERACY PROGRESS REPORT (Feb. 4, 2009), http://projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_ProgressReport_2_2009.pdf.
  • Even Google Recognizes a Lack ofSearch Ability as a Problem A Google a Day - http://agoogleaday.com/ Power Searching with Google MOOC - http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/ See also, Daniel M. Russell, aGoogleADay in the Classroom, SEARCHRESEARCH (July 30, 2012) http://searchresearch1.blogspot.com/2012/07/agoogleaday-in- classroom.html.
  • Single Search Box Conundrum
  • Single Search Box Conundrum  Just Search!  Familiar look & feel  They don‟t think about the info they already have  A great way to include info literacy instruction  Most students start at Google or WikipediaAlison J. Head & Michael B. Eisenberg, Finding Context: What Today’s College Students Say about Conducting Research inthe Digital Age, PROJECT INFORMATION LITERACY PROGRESS REPORT (Feb. 4, 2009),http://projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_ProgressReport_2_2009.pdf; British Library, Researchers of Tomorrow: The ResearchBehaviour of Generation Y Doctoral Students, JOINT INFORMATION SYSTEMS COMMITTEE (June 2012)http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2012/researchers-of-tomorrow.aspx.
  • The Wikipedia Debate  Even courts are citing to Wikipedia, why can‟t we? ◦ Courts use it for “the wisdom of the crowd” ◦ Issues with reliability, as anyone can edit Use it as a starting point!See, Hanna B. Murray & Jason C. Miller, Wikipedia in Court: When & How Citing Wikipedia & Other Consensus Websites isAppropriate, SSRN (June 30, 2010), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1502759; Noam Cohen, Courts Turnto Wikipedia, but Selectively, N.Y. TIMES, (Jan. 29, 2007) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/29/technology/29wikipedia.html;Joe Palazzolo, Which Federal Appeals Court Cites Wikipedia Most Often?, WALL ST. J. L. BLOG (Apr. 2012).,http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/04/23/which-federal-appeals-court-cites-wikipedia-most/; Dan Baker, Wikipedia at the FederalCircuit Courts of Appeal, NOTA BENE, U. OF HOUS. O‟QUIN L. LIBR. BLOG (Apr. 28, 2012),http://notabeneuh.blogspot.com/2012/04/wikipedia-at-federal-circuit-courts-of.html; Dan Baker, Wikipedia at the FederalCircuit Courts of Appeal – Part 2, NOTA BENE, U. OF HOUS. O‟QUIN L. LIBR. BLOG (May 30, 2012),http://notabeneuh.blogspot.com/2012/05/wikipedia-in-federal-courts-part-2.html; Dan Baker, Wikipedia in State Courts – Part3, NOTA BENE, U. OF HOUS. O‟QUIN L. LIBR. BLOG (July 14, 2012), http://notabeneuh.blogspot.com/2012/07/wikipedia-in-state-courts-part-3.html.
  • WebEmpires.org, in Andrew Liszewski, The Top 50 Sources Where Wikipedia Gets Its Facts, Gizmodo (Jul. 26, 2012, 9:00 am),http://gizmodo.com/5929207/the-top-50-sources-where-wikipedia-gets-its-facts.
  • The Wikipedia Debate Two reasons to use Wikipedia 1. To gain a basic understanding of an unfamiliar idea a. Jitney 2. To find synonyms or terms of art for searching a. rail track width
  • Information LiteracyBasic Research Skills Recognize Need for Information Construct Research Strategy Locate & Access Compare & Evaluate Organize, Apply, & Communicate Synthesize & CreateNovice Beginner Competent Proficient Expert Adapted from SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy (England), in Irmin Allner, Designing Effective Writing Assignments and the Teaching of Information Literacy, (Sept. 2009), http://www.tamuk.edu/cte/PRESENTATIONS/effective_writing_assignments_september2009.ppt
  • Three Ways to IncorporateInfo Literacy into Every Class1. Make every question & assignment use operators and/or Wikipedia2. Introduce one to three new operators in every class session3. Class discussion on why using the source & have students evaluate it
  • Questions? Jamie Marie Keller, JD, MLIS slideshare.net/somcak somcak@gmail.com lawlibrarynewsroundup.wordpress.comTwitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest: somcak