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  1. 1. COM 101 Written Word Evaluating Information SourcesDescription: The purpose of this instruction is to teach students how to evaluate electronicresources and to show the students the benefits of using library databases. The instruction iscourse integrated, assignment-related. Students will write an essay on the subject of “BodyImage”, for which they need to use reliable resources (some of them are a website, a peer-reviewed article from an academic journal). The instruction follows the introductory libraryinstruction, which already covered the basic information on how to access and search librarydatabases (EBSCOHost). 50–75 minute session.Information Literacy Competencies Addressed:  The information literate student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information.  The information literate student constructs and implements effectively-designed search strategies  The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.  The information literate student summarizes the main ideas to be extracted from the information gathered.Learning Outcomes:Students will know the basics of how to:  Identify keywords, synonyms and related terms for the information needed  Select controlled vocabulary specific to the discipline or information retrieval source  Read the text and select main ideas  Examine and compare information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias.Pedagogy:Student-centered approach. Active learning. Group Work. Students work in groups (each group4-5 students) on the given assignments. Each group has a laptop computer with the Internetconnection. Each group report their findings to the class. The discussion of the findings follows.The instruction session concludes with searching for peer-reviewed articles from a librarydatabase and website articles.1. Introduction. 8-10 minutes. The librarian discusses different formats of informationsources; as an example compares two recourses with two articles on the same topic: magazine“People” and journal “Developmental Psychology”.Tauber, Michelle at al. “Extreme Measures.” People, October 9, 2006.Dohnt, Hayley and Marika Tiggemann. “The contribution of Peer and Media Influences to thedevelopment of Body Satisfaction and Self-Esteem in Young Girls: A Prospective Study.”Developmental Psychology 42(5): 2006.Comparing: the authors (credentials), the content, style, vocabularymagazine – more entertaining, it creates awareness, but it does not prove anythingjournal – scientific approach, scientific facts, recognizable in the field, peer reviewed. Janna Hoglund. Phone: (513) 244-4880; email: 1
  2. 2. The librarian also briefly discusses the importance of evaluating information resources,particularly electronic (websites and their credibility). The librarian points to the benefits of usinglibrary databases over websites.2. AssignmentPart 1. Students are working in groups. 25 minutes  Each group will evaluate an article about “Body Image” from a website. The librarian will give a specific website to each group for evaluation. Some websites are credible, some not. The librarian also provides an evaluation worksheet. 15 minutes  A representative from each group briefly reports the group evaluation results. They will need to answer the question: Is the website credible or not? Why “yes” or why “not”? -2 minutes for each group (10 minutes)Part 2. Students are working individually. 10-20 minutes  Students individually search for articles in the Academic Search Complete database. Students are asked to find one-two articles from an academic journal (Peer-reviewed) on the topic in question. The Guide to Academic Search Complete if provided by the librarian. 10 minutes.  Students individually search for an article from a website (not the library website) – 10 minutes (for 75 min session).  Librarian assists the students in their searching activities; answers the questions that appear during the search process.Supporting Materials:Evaluation Worksheet; Guide to Academic Search Complete; Cards with the websites titles andaddresses. Janna Hoglund. Phone: (513) 244-4880; email: 2
  3. 3. Appendix 1 Websites for Evaluation: - example of a not reliable website (eventhough there are references of the article, everybody can edit it) - example of a reliable website. The authoris National Womens Health Information Center, a service of the Office on WomensHealth (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, which works toimprove the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States. -example of a not reliable website article. (no references, no author, no date published,the purpose of the website is questionable) -example of a not reliable website article. It is a blog, the author is not the expert in thefield. - example of areliable website (author of the article - Barbara P. Homeier, MD) KidsHealth comes fromNemours, one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to childrens health. Janna Hoglund. Phone: (513) 244-4880; email: 3
  4. 4. Appendix 2 Evaluation Worksheet1. Authority: Who is responsible for the content? What are the author’s credentials? What is the author’sexpertise about the topic? Is contact information provided?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2. Objectivity: Is the purpose of this source clear, including any particular viewpoint? What is the purpose?Who is the intended audience? Is the information presented as fact or opinion?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________4. Currency: Is the information current? What is the evidence of current content?______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________5. Usability: Is the information presented in a logical way? Is it written at your level of understanding? Is theinformation free of errors in spelling, punctuation, etc?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________6. Content: How well is the subject covered? Does it provide relevant information that meets your needs?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Your assessment: Is the website credible? Will you use it for your paper? Provide your reasons.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Janna Hoglund. Phone: (513) 244-4880; email: 4
  5. 5. Appendix 3 Guide to Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete (ASC) is one of the most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text databases, with more than 5,400 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,500 peer-reviewed journals. Containing material on a large variety of topics, this database is the best starting point for your research.How to Access Academic Search Complete: - Go to the MSJ library website - Go to Find Articles tab  choose Databases A-Z from the drop-down menu - Scroll down and find Academic Search Complete under “A”How to Search Academic Search Complete:The database will open with the advanced search screen. Type your keywords in the searchbox(es). Do not forget to use the “AND” operator when you combine keywords. Keep “Select aField” as your field choice – this is a default setting for searching by keywords. Select “Find AllMy Search Terms” to ensure searching for all keywords. Hit the “Search” button. Janna Hoglund. Phone: (513) 244-4880; email: 5
  6. 6. You can narrow your search by applying limiters. You can limit by date, publication, publicationtype, peer-reviewed journals, number of pages, document type and others.How To View Your Search Results in Academic Search CompleteOnce you have a list of results, you can browse the list or you can refine it.  The database can filter the results by the article source type: Academic Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Book Reviews and Books. Click on Academic Journals when you need to find a peer-reviewed article for your research paper.  You can sort the results by date, author, source and relevance. Janna Hoglund. Phone: (513) 244-4880; email: 6
  7. 7.  You can organize your results by a subject cluster, by industry, publication, company and geography. This feature is helpful if you want to discover the major groupings for your topic without having to browse multiple pages of results, or checking individual articles to see if they are relevant. If a full text is provided by the ASC database, it will be available either in the HTML or PDF format. The ASC database might not have a full text, but it can provide a link to another database that has it or give the information on where to find the article in print. Click “Find It” Janna Hoglund. Phone: (513) 244-4880; email: 7
  8. 8. USEFUL TOOLS:FolderTo collect several articles, click the link at the bottom of each result list entry. Asyou add the articles to the folder, you can click the folder icon and review which items have beenadded. You can then print, e-mail or save the articles.Email, Print or Save You can retrieve the articles that you found by printing, emailing or saving.CiteIf you click on , the database will generate an article citation in all major styles.ListenYou can listen to the article of your choice. Click on To access EBSCOHost databases via mobile devices go to: - the MSJ library website - Go to Find Articles tab  choose Databases A-Z from the drop-down menu - Scroll down and find EBSCOhost Mobile under “E” OR: Download EBSCOhost iPhone/iPod Touch Application from the ITunes store To access interactive Tutorials about how to search EBSCOHost databases, go to: Janna Hoglund. Phone: (513) 244-4880; email: 8