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Information Literacy Instruction 2 11 08

  1. 1. Information Literacyand Library Orientation
  2. 2. Today we’ll learn about:• Library hours, staff, policies and procedures• An overview of Library resources• The Library’s online data bases• The Library’s online catalog• Avoiding plagiarism• Online citation resources
  3. 3. Why is today’s presentation important?• You’ll need to know how to use The Library to handle research assignments in your classes – and it will save you a lot of time as a student• Being an effective researcher is part of “problem-solving” and will save you time: – In your professional life and – In your personal life• There will be a quiz at the end of class
  4. 4. What is Information Literacy?It’s the ability to:– Recognize when information is needed– Identify a likely source for that information– Locate or access the relevant information– Evaluate the information critically
  5. 5. Library Staffing and Hours• Regional Library Director--Christine Weber• Elizabeth Neill—Library Assistant• Michael Mader—Student Worker• Kara Krasucki--Student Worker• Hours: – Monday—Thursday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm – Friday: 8am-7 pm – Saturday: 9:00 am-3:30 pm
  6. 6. Why visit The Library?• To use materials not available on the Internet• To use materials that you might have to pay for if you were using the Internet• To learn more about which resources are available from a librarian
  7. 7. My Role• My role, as Library Assistant: – To be an expert on Library resources – To help you learn how to access them
  8. 8. • Today we’ll be talking mostly about: – Locating information in the Westwood Library – Evaluating information critically
  9. 9. Library PoliciesBook/Periodical Checkout Policy and Internet Acceptable Use Policy
  10. 10. Book/Periodical Check-out Policy• Current Westwood Students with ID may check-out materials.• Students may borrow books and magazines for two weeks. Both items may be renewed once.• Four items may be borrowed at one time.• Overdue books – Students with overdue books may not check out additional materials. – Students will be charged for lost materials.
  11. 11. Magazines• Back issues of magazines can be checked out for two weeks and can be renewed once• Back issues are found underneath the display of current issues• Magazines are listed in the online catalog
  12. 12. Library– Internet Acceptable Use Policy • Computers and Internet access are provided for educational, communication and job searching purposes. • Students, faculty and staff are expected to use the Internet in a responsible manner in accordance with the student conduct and discipline guidelines set forth in Westwood’s Academic Catalog.
  13. 13. Other Library Policies• Cell phones may not be used in The Library• Students may not bring food into The Library• The Library is a quiet study area
  14. 14. Overview of Library Resources • Library Resources include: – Books – Magazines – DVDs and Videos – CDs – Chicago Tribune, Monday-Friday – Online Data Bases – InterLibrary Loan – Online course resources
  15. 15. InterLibrary Loan• Allows borrowing items from other libraries• May take 3 days to 3 weeks• Usually takes 1-2 weeks• Best to request materials by 5th week of term• All InterLibrary Loan books are due back by the end of term• Can find titles by going to the I-Share web site or to – I-Share web site URL: –
  16. 16. Review• What are the names of the people who work in The Library?• What are The Library hours?
  17. 17. Research: Surfing the Net v.The Library’s Subscription Databases
  18. 18. Students sometimes ask:• Isn’t everything on the Web?• What are subscription databases?• How do subscription databases differ from the Internet?• How do I choose one over the other? – Choose information that’s current and accurate
  19. 19. Isn’t Everything on the Internet?• The short answer is NO!! – And - not all information is good information!• On the Internet you have issues of: – Quality and reliability – Trying to sort through lots of search results – Currency
  20. 20. Wikipedia• What’s the problem with Wikipedia? – The problem is, anyone can edit it. For that reason, you can’t rely on it. – Might still be good to use to give you an overview or a quick answer.
  21. 21. What are Subscription Databases? • Subscription databases use the Internet for access (through the web site) but they are not free. • Westwood College pays a fee for access to the databases. • The databases are free for you to use as a Westwood student. • The databases contain material useful for academic research.
  22. 22. How Do SubscriptionDatabases Differ from the Web?• Web sites on Internet • Subscription Databases – Free to anyone with – Purchased by libraries access to the Internet – Almost all material has – No review process: appeared in print before Content can be influenced by – Content is reviewed by revenue scholars and librarians – Information is not – Information is stable. stable: Location and content may change.
  23. 23. Evaluating Internet Resources Some criteria for evaluation Authority -- who wrote it? Accuracy -- is it accurate? Objectivity -- is it objective? Currency -- is it up-to-date? Coverage -- does it cover the topic thoroughly? More information appears in the handout
  24. 24. Library data bases are a more reliable choice for research• In a few instances, you’ll find identical information on the Net and in a library data base• But -- Using the library data bases to find books and articles is more likely to be reliable – It’s free to you – It’s very convenient – Not subject to firewalls
  25. 25. Now you know why the library data bases are especially useful:Data bases contain more reliable and authoritative information than the Internet, on the whole
  26. 26. Review• Why would a student choose to use Library data bases instead of just “Googling” it?• Why not use Wikipedia?• Why not use MySpace?
  27. 27. New Data Bases this year• Britannica Online• Grove Art Online (online art encyclopedia)• Business Searching Interface• Points of View (Ebsco)
  28. 28. Data Bases and topics• ProQuest – Criminal Justice and Healthcare• Ebsco-General academic• LexisNexis- Legal research and newspapers, topics in the news• Points Of View – Bioethics, topics in the news
  29. 29. Search Language• Search language is a little different from everyday conversation.• Example:• When thinking about how the psychology of prison inmates you might say: – “I would like to write a paper about the psychology of prison inmates.”• But when searching for an article about this subject your search terms might look like this: Prison and inmates and psychology
  30. 30. Example “What’s going on with Brad and Angelina?”Take the question and break it into concepts that can be used to search for articles. Concept One Concept Two Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie Search Syntax “Brad Pitt” and “Angelina Jolie”
  31. 31. Finding Books in the Westwood College Library Using the Online Catalog
  32. 32. DuPage Library Online Catalog• Go to the library’s website at• Select your campus and click ‘Go’• Click ‘Find Books’ blue box• Choose your topic and enter your search terms
  33. 33. Library web site Home Page
  34. 34. Click on “Find Books”
  35. 35. Online Catalog
  36. 36. Online Catalog: Results PageThese are the call numbers.
  37. 37. Online Catalog: Book Detail This is the book’s Library of Congress call number. There is one copy of this book available..
  38. 38. Westwood College Online Learning Resources Research Data Bases and E- Books
  39. 39. Accessing the Online Learning Resources• Go to• Click on Online Books and Articles in the green banner• Click on ”Please login here”• Enter your campus login ID and password “CHD” and “chd”
  40. 40. Library web site Home PageNote the GREEN BAR The green bar has:•Online Course Resources•Online Books and Articles •General Reference
  41. 41. Click learn
  42. 42. Login Page Type “chd” into Type “chd” into the Login ID Boxthe Password Box Click on “Go to Class”
  43. 43. Click the library tab. This is the WestwoodOnline page.
  44. 44. Here is a list of data base linksYou have to scroll down thepage to see the entire list
  45. 45. Online course resources and General Reference• Found on Library web site• Online Course Resources has information about citing sources• General Reference has links to online dictionaries and more information about citing sources – as well as other resources
  46. 46. Review• How do you access the Online Catalog?• How do you access the Online Data Bases?• Why use the online catalog?• What are the Online Course Resources?• What’s in General Reference?
  47. 47. Citing Sources APA and MLA
  48. 48. Citing Sources• When you paraphrase or directly quote another author’s work you must cite the original source.• If it is not your original thought then it must be cited in text and in a “References” or “Works Cited” page. – Every in-text citation must have a corresponding reference/works cited page entry, and vice versa.• Failure to cite your sources is considered plagiarism.
  49. 49. Plagiarism• Presenting another person’s ideas, writing, or images as your own either through direct quote or paraphrasing.• Plagiarism is against Westwood College’s Academic Integrity Policy.• Ensure that you are not plagiarizing by: – Citing the original author when you paraphrase, directly quote, or use images of their work. – Include in-text citations and corresponding reference/works cited entries.
  50. 50. Citing Sources• There are two main methods of referencing resources. – MLA: Modern Language Association – APA: American Psychological Association
  51. 51. Citation Help• The MLA and APA style guides can be found in the library’s collection.• Online style guides can be found at – These web addresses appear on the 2nd page of your handout, “How to Recognize Plagiarism”
  52. 52. APA Citation StyleBook with one authorJackson, M. (2001). History of libraries. Chicago:AB Press.Article from online databaseJones, M.J. & Brown, L.J. (2006) A trip down memorylane. Journal of Dreams 9 (6). Retrieved March 9,2007, from Lexis-Nexis database.WebpageSmith, E.V. (2007) How to win in life. RetrievedMarch 9, 2007 from
  53. 53. MLA StyleBook with one author Jackson, Mary. History of Libraries. Chicago: AB Press, 2001.Article from an online database Jones, Mary. “A Trip Down Memory Lane.” Journal of Dreams 9 (2006): 30-34. Lexis-Nexis. Westwood College Library, Chicago, IL. 9 March 2007Website Smith, Earl. “How to Win in Life.” 10 May 1999. 9 March 2007. <>
  54. 54. More informationInformation about citing sources: 1. Purdue Online Writing Lab: 2. MLA Handbook and APA Handbooks are both in the Library 3. Is available through the library web site • In the green bar, under: – Reference – Online course resources
  55. 55. Plagiarism and Citing Sources• Your instructor will be happy to answer any questions you may have
  56. 56. Review• Where can students get information about citing sources?• Why is citing sources important?• How do you find information within the handbook?• Where can students get more information about plagiarism?
  57. 57. Use The Library• Use the Westwood Library and the library web site: – available 24/7 – Don’t forget InterLibrary Loan!• Ask Elizabeth or Mike or Kara for help• Get a library card! And use your local public library or the College of DuPage library • A copy of this presentation is available in The Library