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Reference Management and Digital Literacy


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Presentation given at 'Innovations in Reference Management' #irm10 Monday 21st June 2010.

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Reference Management and Digital Literacy

  1. 1. Reference Management and Digital Literacy Helen Curtis Academic Resources Librarian [email_address] @helencurtis Innovations in Reference Management Monday 21st June 2010
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>University of Wolverhampton </li></ul><ul><li>Experience supporting EndNote and EndNote Web </li></ul><ul><li>Reference management in the context of digital literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do the tools support the skills? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applications in learning and teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formative and summative assessment </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. University of Wolverhampton <ul><li>23,000 students - full-time: 13,800, part-time: 9,200 </li></ul><ul><li>Committed to widening participation </li></ul><ul><li>8 Academic Schools plus Graduate School </li></ul><ul><li>Five campuses: City, Compton, Telford, Walsall, and </li></ul><ul><li>Burton-on-Trent </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Learning and Information Services (LIS) support Learning Centres at each campus </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional library services with IT facilities, study spaces, and support for study and IT skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Reference Management @ WLV <ul><li>Long history with EndNote </li></ul><ul><li>Site licence for EndNote plus access to EndNote Web via Web of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Wolverhampton Harvard’ referencing style </li></ul><ul><li>Established part of staff development programme </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted at staff, researchers, and postgraduates </li></ul><ul><li>Ad hoc requests for training and one-to-one support for students </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise rested largely with a few individuals </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>University Blended Learning Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Increased use of online resources </li></ul><ul><li>Development of graduate attributes which include digital literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of web technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Growing concerns around academic conduct and plagiarism </li></ul>Drivers Image credit: RuffLife on Flickr
  6. 6. Digital Literacy Created using Wordle
  7. 7. A role for reference management? <ul><li>Significant for digital literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Use the tools to develop the information management skills required in a Web 2.0 world </li></ul><ul><li>Less emphasis on learning particular software, more on behaviour and application </li></ul><ul><li>Become much more relevant to undergraduate use </li></ul><ul><li>Many new and emerging tools particularly web-based </li></ul>
  8. 8. My Reference Library Personal library of references Store and retrieve references Folders and lists Format bibliographies Search tool My Reference Library Personal library of references Store and retrieve references Groups and tags Share groups of references Collaborate with others
  9. 9. New approaches <ul><li>Teach the principles of information and reference management </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in curriculum design/team teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Linking use to assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Using the tools to aid understanding of referencing and constructing a reference </li></ul><ul><li>Using the tools as evidence of engagement with scholarly resources </li></ul><ul><li>Exploiting the sharing and collaboration features </li></ul>
  10. 10. Making the connections <ul><li>Constructing References with EndNote </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the references below. For each reference decide which type of reference it is and which fields should be used in the EndNote record to format it correctly. </li></ul><ul><li>Maslin, M. (2008) Global warming: a very short introduction . 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press </li></ul><ul><li>Russill, C. and Nyssa, Z. (2009) The tipping point trend in climate change communication. Global Environmental Change , 19 (3), pp. 336-344 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Virtual Reading Group Using the virtual reading group Search for material for your presentation. For each reference you add to the shared group, add your responses to the following questions in the ‘research notes’ field in EndNote Web. 1. How would you describe the information source? 2. Who are the authors? What can you find out about them? 3. Summarise the main points of information 4. Why do you think it is useful for the subject?
  12. 12. “ I used EndNote Web to collect all my references and add them into different groups. It is really useful to make notes on the article when I add it to the list. This is much more efficient that just writing in notebooks and I get the feedback from the tutor so I know if I’m on the right track” “ I liked being able to see what others had found who were looking at a similar subject area. I could see the databases that they used and it led me to look at some other sources that I would not have looked at before like Zetoc”
  13. 13. “ Everything is in the same place – all my references, my notes, and the feedback from the tutor. I got into the habit of adding the websites that I use all the time and adding my keywords. It’s a lot better than the internet favourites” “ Referencing is really hard for me and it was good to be able to learn with everyone online. When I made the bibliography I could easily see if I was missing something and go back and correct the information. This assignment was the first time I haven’t lost any marks on my references  ”
  14. 14. Source of evidence Evidence your reading and research Write a 1000 word reflective piece on the use of information sources cited in your project and used for background reading. Submit your project, your reflective report, and your EndNote library as evidence your research. Image credit: Treehugger on Flickr
  15. 15. Thank you for listening Presentation is available online at Questions?