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Information Literacy Instruction topics and exercises for Teaching Assistants to use, in order to help their undergraduate students improve their skills at identifying, locating, evaluating, and using information effectively and ethically.

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  • Welcome! I’m EG, one of the librarians from the College Library, the undergraduate library located here in Powell, You’re here for an information literacy tips & techniques workshop. I designed this workshop for you--Writing Programs Tas, and GE Cluster TFs Some of you may have asked librarians to do guest sessions for your classes that cover some of these topics So you may be wondering why we’re doing these TA workshops & you may be concerned that it’ll just mean more work for you 1 imp reason for doing this is that we teach lots of classes for many depts—there’s growing demand for them & there are only 8 CL librarians, 1 librarian for 3122 undergrads & going down to 7—losing 1 temp librarian, & 1 has been having some health problems, so we may not be able to meet all of the demand We’ve also been told that Tas often have students come in 1 by 1 to get basic research help, so we hope that by using some of these tips & techniques, you’ll save time for yourselves & get better papers from your students We also hope this sort of workshop will help us reach more students in more depts, more systematically, even with reduced librarian staffing
  • Ta Info Lit Workshop

    1. 1. Information Literacy Teaching Tips & Techniques Esther Grassian UCLA College Library January 2009 (1/26/09)
    2. 2. About you… <ul><li>Your name, department & course? </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Why this session… </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Info illiteracy… </li></ul>
    5. 5.
    6. 6. Handouts...
    7. 7. Survey Results <ul><li>6 WP Tas + 12 Cluster TFs </li></ul><ul><li>13 TA’ing for 1st Time </li></ul><ul><li>Some TA’ed 1-3 Years </li></ul><ul><li>Research Papers… </li></ul><ul><li>Referrals… </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>More survey results </li></ul>
    9. 9. Agenda <ul><li>Top 5 Teaching Topics </li></ul><ul><li>Online & In-Person Student Help </li></ul><ul><li>Help for TAs/Instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Questions Welcome! </li></ul>
    10. 10. Top Topics <ul><li>Website, Blog, etc. Critical Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Broadening/Narrowing Research Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Library Catalog Searching </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines v. Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Database Searching </li></ul>Online Student Help
    11. 11. “ Hoax, Scholarly Research, Personal Opinion? You Decide !” TOPICS
    12. 12.
    13. 13. Web 2.0 Critical Thinking <ul><li>“Evaluating Web Content” </li></ul><ul><li>“Thinking Critically About Web 2.0 & Beyond” </li></ul>TOPICS
    14. 14. Topic Narrowing/Broadening <ul><li>Topic Keywords Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Topic Narrowing Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Worksheet </li></ul><ul><li>Road to Research : Starting Points </li></ul>TOPICS
    15. 15. Topic Broadening <ul><li>Hispanic women 85 and older in LA need protection from abuse in nursing homes. </li></ul>TOPICS
    16. 16. Key Topic Words <ul><li>Hispanic Women </li></ul><ul><li>85 and older </li></ul><ul><li>L.A. </li></ul><ul><li>Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing homes </li></ul>TOPICS
    17. 17. Related Words/Concepts <ul><li>Latin*; Chican* </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Citizen*; Elderly </li></ul><ul><li>California; Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>Neglect; Violen* </li></ul><ul><li>Long-Term Care </li></ul>TOPICS
    18. 18. <ul><li>CB’s worksheet </li></ul>
    19. 19. Topic Narrowing <ul><li>Broad topic: Immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Limiters… </li></ul>TOPICS
    20. 20. Topic Narrowing <ul><li>Broad topic: Immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Limiters… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeframe: 1940s – 1950s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic Region: California </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Person/Group: Braceros </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Event/Aspect: Living conditions </li></ul></ul>TOPICS
    21. 21. Topic Sentence/Argument <ul><li>“ Poor living conditions for Braceros did not improve over a 10-year period they worked in California, from the 1940s to the 1950s.” </li></ul>TOPICS
    22. 22.
    23. 23. Online Help… <ul><li>Road to Research : Starting Points </li></ul><ul><li>OWL: Topic Invention Techniques </li></ul><ul><li>OWL: Planning (Invention) Thought Starters </li></ul>TOPICS
    24. 24. UCLA Library Home Page TOPICS
    25. 25. <ul><li>All 13 UCLA Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Periodical Subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Other materials </li></ul><ul><li>No Articles! </li></ul>TOPICS
    26. 26. Help Using It… <ul><li>Road to Research: Find It! Books </li></ul><ul><li>College Library How-To Guides </li></ul><ul><li>UCLA Library Catalog guide </li></ul><ul><li>Catalog Worksheet </li></ul>TOPICS
    27. 27. <ul><li>MORE ON CATALOGS… </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>They have res topics & need to find articles… </li></ul><ul><li>Mags v j’s </li></ul>
    29. 29. Magazines vs. Journals TOPICS
    30. 30. Academic Conversations TOPICS
    31. 31. “ Visible” v. “Invisible” Web TOPICS
    32. 32. Which Database? <ul><li>Subject Matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Time Period? </li></ul><ul><li>Publications? </li></ul>TOPICS
    33. 33. Web of Science <ul><li>Topics : Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Materials : Articles (from 5300 Journals), Book Chapters </li></ul><ul><li>Time : 1900+ (sciences) </li></ul>TOPICS
    34. 34. Let’s try it... TOPICS
    35. 35. TOPICS
    36. 36. Get Copies <ul><li>Online Copy </li></ul><ul><li>Paper Copy </li></ul><ul><li>Request a FREE Copy </li></ul>TOPICS
    37. 37. Key Points <ul><li>Pick Useful Database </li></ul><ul><li>Can search, display, save </li></ul><ul><li>Look for… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boolean Operators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Truncation (Wild Card) Symbols </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DON’T PAY FOR ARTICLES!! </li></ul>TOPICS
    38. 38. Online Student Help <ul><li>Assignment Calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Road to Research </li></ul><ul><li>Research Paper Planner </li></ul>TOPICS
    39. 39. More Help for Undergrads… <ul><li>Academics in The Commons Workshops (Covel Commons) </li></ul><ul><li>½ hour Research Appointments (through MyUCLA Workshops) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? Ask Us! </li></ul>
    40. 40. Questions? TOPICS
    41. 41. Help for TAs/Instructors… <ul><li>Information Literacy Assignment Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>UCLA LibGuides </li></ul><ul><li>In development: Information Literacy LibGuide for TAs </li></ul>TOPICS
    42. 42. Information Literacy Enhanced Syllabus TOPICS
    43. 43. Review <ul><li>Information Illiteracy </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate Research Prize </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Topics </li></ul><ul><li>Online & In-Person Student Help </li></ul><ul><li>Help for TAs/Instructors </li></ul>TOPICS
    44. 44. UCLA Library in Second Life