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Information Literacy Instruction

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This presentation is an information literacy instruction tool for a composition course.

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Information Literacy Instruction

  1. 1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropol2/149294506/<br />Information Smart:Conducting Research for the Composition Course<br />Presentation by Natalie Couch<br />
  2. 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/iltempoperduto/3301532618/<br />
  3. 3. Research & the Web<br />Cons<br />Vast amounts of information<br />Largely unorganized<br />Generally, not peer reviewed<br />Information not permanent<br />Sometimes the information is not free<br />Pros<br />Vast amounts of information<br />Freedom: whenever and wherever with Internet access<br />Variety in information and formats (text, video, audio)<br />
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8998965@N05/560679400/<br />
  5. 5. Solutions<br />Evaluate Web sources<br />Use online subject directories<br />Seek out open access journals and E-books<br />Consider your library’s services: databases, catalog, subject guides, and other resources<br />Search smarter, not harder!<br />
  6. 6. 5 Criteria for Evaluating Web Sources<br />Accuracy<br />Authority<br />Currency<br />Objectivity<br />Coverage<br />http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/webcrit.html<br />5<br />
  7. 7. Relevance & Reliability<br />Relevance:<br />Relation to the matter; pertinent, applicable<br />Reliability:<br />Accurate, dependable<br />*Try it at home: “Web Page Evaluation Checklist” from University of California Berkley Library<br />
  8. 8. Searching for Reliability<br />Date: <br />Of publication, last edited, first uploaded to Web<br />Author (ethos):<br />Credentials, other works, Google the author, is there even an author listed??<br />Web site<br />About page, root URL domains (.com, .edu, .org), personal pages (~, users, members), purpose, advertisements<br />
  9. 9. Let’s explore what’s out there<br />Compare www.whitehouse.org with www.whitehouse.gov<br />Have you heard of the pregnant man?<br />http://www.malepregnancy.com/<br />The Gorilla Girls strike out and University of South Carolina faculty strike back:<br />
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  11. 11. Let’s take a closer look….<br />…What is missing?<br />
  12. 12. Works Cited/References<br />Use to evaluate the reliability of a source<br />Can be used as search tools<br />Let’s take a look at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banned_books<br />EASY!! Cut out some of the seeking process. Know the tricks of the trade!<br />
  13. 13. The Invisible Web<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/clutterbookandi/246864313/<br />
  14. 14. Subject Directories<br />Recommended Subject Directories & Tips<br />
  15. 15. Open Access and the Invisible Web<br />Free, reliable, and with the freedom of the Web!<br />No database search function<br />Not as much search precision, but can be improved upon using searching tips.<br />
  16. 16. Library Resource Guides<br />General Subject Guides<br />English Composition I<br />Databases by Subject<br />Literature, Newspapers, Current Events<br />English Composition subject directory<br />
  17. 17. Search Smarter, Not Harder<br />Advanced Search<br />Search by subject, author, publication date, etc.<br />Boolean operators<br />Relationships [AND, OR, NOT]<br />Exact phrase [“” or ( )]<br />Wildcard [ * ]<br />Consider word choice<br />Dog OR canine<br />Tobacco, smoking, cancer, legislation, advertising…<br />
  18. 18. http://www.google.com/librariancenter/librarian_tools.html<br />
  19. 19. AND<br />NOT<br />AND<br />OR<br />
  20. 20. Your Academic Librarian<br />If you cannot find the information you are looking for within a reasonable amount of time, do not hesitate to ask a librarian for assistance. <br />After all, that’s what we are here for!<br />

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