We will spend several weeks learning to search Google, learning to search our LRC databases for scholarly information, and learning to search the LRC catalog for books.
As you find your information, you will begin to evaluate it to make sure that you are finding credible information, as well as relevant information for your topic.
Harrison uses the APA manual of style. This is what we’ll be using to cite, and organize our information. You will also learn to use an online bookmarking tool to help you organize your info.
For this class, you will be communicating your information in the form of a references page. You will learn to format a title page using APA style, as well as formatting a proper references page. We are NOT writing a research paper though! Each of your sources will have summaries that you will write in your own words. These summaries will describe what the source is about and how it pertains to your topic – but that’s it…no paper! It’s all about the formatting.
With just about anything and everything being available online, there is a greater need for having necessary search skills that can wade through the information to find credible sources.Your book defines information literacy as:“The ability to use information tools and information sources to address and answer problems.”The book goes on to say:An information literate person has the “ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.”The American Library Association takes it a step further to say:“[An information literate person] is prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand.”******How many of you know everything there is to know about about any topic out there?****************How many of you think “I” know everything there is to know about any topic out there?***************How many of you would like to learn how to be able to find the answer to any question or any topic out there?*******Hopefully all of you! And that’s what we’re going to be learning in this course.
School – APA, how to find good sources for papers, how to choose good topics; Work: Know where to get information and communicate it properly; Life: Know how to evaluate information to not fall for scams
Week 1 Lesson
Week 1!INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION LITERACY
Why do we need this class? Information OVERLOAD (click to view video)
WHY DO WE NEED THIS CLASS?BAD INFORMATION OVERLOAD
The internet is a fire hydrant ofinformation: TONS of informationis coming at you, from everydirection.HOW DO YOU SORT THROUGH IT ALL?Your book defines information literacy as:“The ability to use information tools and information sources to address and answer problems.”The book goes on to say: An information literate person has the “ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.”How many of you would like to learn how to be able to find theanswer to any question or any topic out there?Hopefully all of you! And that’s what we’re going to be learning in thiscourse.
Define the need & topic idea How do you chose a good topic? How do you narrow it down? What questions do you ask?5 Stepsto Effective Research
Define the need & topic idea Find the information Where do you find the answers? We will spend several weeks learning to search google, the LRC5 Steps databases, and the book catalog.to Effective Research
Define the need & topic idea Find the information Evaluate the information You found info! But how do you5 Steps know if it is any good? You will learn to evaluate, to determine if you are finding credible, relevant information.to Effective Research
Define the need & topic idea Find the information Evaluate the information Organize the information5 Stepsto Effective Research
Define the need & topic idea Last, you will learn how Find the information to communicate info legally – and in correct Evaluate the information APA format. Organize the information Communicate the5 Steps informationto Effective Research
JUST A FEW OF THE THINGS YOU WILL LEARN…. How to narrow down Google results from 13 million to 13,000 How to tell a good website from a bad website Where to find sources for papers that your instructors will love! How to format and cite using APA style! How to pick an interesting topic and narrow it down How to survive a zombie attack
INFORMATION LITERACY IS…. “anindividual’s capacity to use information tools and information sources to address problems” Being “able to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively” Being the person who can get that drink from the fire hydrant!
DUE THIS WEEK Attendance assignment NOT for a grade. Just post a few words to trigger attendance Pretest Also NOT for a grade. Don’t spend a lot of time on this – I will not look at your grade. Research Assignment # 1 (20pts) Brainstorm topic ideas! Learning Activity # 1 (20pts) A questionnaire on research skills – no right or wrong answers.
NEXT WEEKOn Monday, January 9, we meet inclass. You have two options toattend: 3:30 or 5:30In class we will:- Do introductions- Discuss the final project- Discuss your topic ideas- Do a learning activity on the LRCwebsite. Remember that if you missin-class learning activities, theseCANNOT be made up. Questions about anything?? Please email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: 765-588-5783. I’m here to help.
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