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Info Management Social Sciences


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Info Management Social Sciences

  1. 1. Student Research in the Age of Google SUNY GEN ED: Critical Thinking and Information Management
  2. 2. What does “information management” or “critical thinking” really mean in the classroom?
  3. 3. SUNY Gen Ed Requirements <ul><li>Divided into subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>Plus separate statements on “critical thinking” and “information management” that “should be infused throughout the General Education program” </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Ed at Binghamton: </li></ul>
  4. 4. Critical Thinking/Reasoning <ul><li>Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own and others work </li></ul><ul><li>Develop well reasoned arguments </li></ul>
  5. 5. Information Management <ul><li>Perform the basic operation of personal computer use </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and use basic research techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources </li></ul>
  6. 6. In the Classroom <ul><li>Your perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Our perspective </li></ul>
  7. 7. Library Standards <ul><li>ACRL Information Literacy Standards </li></ul><ul><li>An information literate person can: </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the extent and amount of information needed </li></ul><ul><li>Access needed information effectively and efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluates information and its sources critically and can synthesize selected information into their personal knowledge base </li></ul><ul><li>Use information effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Understands complexity of issues surrounding the access and use of information, and can make both ethical and legal judgments </li></ul>
  8. 8. Facilitating Information Management Skills
  9. 9. Common Student Assumptions <ul><li>We have multiple copies of all monographs. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is online. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is in a database, the libraries own it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get it @ BU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Tutorials </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Common Student Assumptions <ul><li>Online article coverage is uniform. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is in one database or in the same place on the shelves. </li></ul><ul><li>Research can be done in an hour. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Common Student Assumptions <ul><li>There will be library help available at all times. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask a Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The first screen of results is all there is. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything can be checked-out. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Common Student Confusions <ul><li>Scholarly/Peer Reviewed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: What is a Scholarly Journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Databases allow a search limit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google/Google Scholar/Databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Grokker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start research from library homepage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About Google Scholar web page </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Common Student Confusions <ul><li>Evaluating websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Web Page Checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expanding/Narrowing topics and sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Encore and Grokker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Databases provide related subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Databases & Library catalogs have clickable subject headings/descriptors </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Common Student Confusions <ul><li>Citing sources: paraphrasing, quoting-- when and how to cite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Citation Help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: RefWorks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RefWorks Help </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Student Perspective <ul><li>Library Research Survey: Dec. 2007 (55 responses) and Dec. 2008 (115 responses) </li></ul><ul><li>Of the students who would’ve changed how they conducted their research if they could do it again: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started earlier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changed their research strategy </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Instructors’ Assumptions <ul><li>Students possess the necessary research skills </li></ul><ul><li>Students know they should access multiple databases </li></ul><ul><li>The Libraries will have enough resources for all topics and/or all class sizes </li></ul>
  17. 17. Information Management Skills in Assignments <ul><li>Be aware of students’ research skill levels </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest multiple resources for research </li></ul><ul><li>Explain terminology –”primary” in social sciences vs. “primary” in sciences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Tutorials </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Information Management Skills in Assignments <ul><li>Define acceptable and unacceptable internet use </li></ul><ul><li>Your perspectives </li></ul>
  19. 19. Library Resources & Services <ul><li>Library Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library News Channels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instruction Sessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About Library Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Tutorials & Research Guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Guides: </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Discussion Questions