Beyond Google: Improving Students’ Research and Information Gathering Techniques Breanna Weston - Librarian Library and Me...
Why is Information Literacy Important? <ul><li>Institutional Aspiration for Learning –WOU </li></ul><ul><li>Required for a...
What is Information Literacy <ul><li>“Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when ...
Information R/evolution – Michael Wesch
Information Literacy Standards or Creating Life Long Learners… <ul><li>Know   </li></ul><ul><li>Access  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Know <ul><li>Articulates </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Reevaluates </li></ul>Thesi...
Access <ul><li>Select </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Retrieves </li></ul><ul><li>Refines </li></ul><ul><li>Man...
Evaluate <ul><li>Summarizes </li></ul><ul><li>Applies </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesize </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates </li></ul>...
Use <ul><li>Applies </li></ul><ul><li>Revises </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates </li></ul>Producing product Revising Sharing ...
Ethics <ul><li>Understands </li></ul><ul><li>Follows </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledges </li></ul>Plagiarism/Works Cited Copyr...
<ul><li>Applies </li></ul><ul><li>Revises </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates </li></ul><ul><li>Articulates </li></ul><ul><li>I...
Designing IL Assignments <ul><li>Changing resources </li></ul><ul><li>Use reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate  </li></u...
Designing IL Assignments II <ul><li>In context </li></ul><ul><li>Post assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify sources </li><...
Assignment Part 1 <ul><li>Write a two page summary on some topical issue from  The Oregonian . Summarize the facts and the...
Educator (Professor/Librarian) <ul><li>Oregonian Database  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have? Where? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S...
Assignment Part 2 <ul><li>Adding to the first part, use at least two different sources to explain the two sides of the deb...
Educator (Professor/Librarian) <ul><li>Kind of sources – books, articles  </li></ul><ul><li>Find the sources –  </li></ul>...
Assignment Part 3 <ul><li>Adding to part 2, persuasively argue at least one side of the debate.  (3 sources, 3-4 pages, at...
Educator (Professor/Librarian) <ul><li>Thesis statement </li></ul><ul><li>Another source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use previou...
The Classic Paper <ul><li>Write a 10-12 page paper on a topic in XYZ subject using scholarly articles with APA citations. ...
Brainstorms
Sources <ul><li>ACRL - IL Competency Standard for Higher Ed </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Aspirations for Learning </li>...
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  1. 1. Beyond Google: Improving Students’ Research and Information Gathering Techniques Breanna Weston - Librarian Library and Media Services
  2. 2. Why is Information Literacy Important? <ul><li>Institutional Aspiration for Learning –WOU </li></ul><ul><li>Required for accreditation by NWCCU </li></ul><ul><li>General skill </li></ul><ul><li>Data Smog </li></ul><ul><li>Better work </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Information Literacy <ul><li>“Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.’” (IL Comp Standard for Higher Ed-ACRL) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Information R/evolution – Michael Wesch
  5. 5. Information Literacy Standards or Creating Life Long Learners… <ul><li>Know </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Use </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>ACRL – IL Comp Standards for Higher Ed </li></ul>http://www.platowa.com/images/Not_yet.jpg
  6. 6. Know <ul><li>Articulates </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Reevaluates </li></ul>Thesis Statement Planning Publication Process Explaining Initial thesis statement development. News article vs. original research Create a timeline of research including possible sources.
  7. 7. Access <ul><li>Select </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Retrieves </li></ul><ul><li>Refines </li></ul><ul><li>Manage </li></ul>Information Retreival Systems Search Strategies Finding Resource Comparison of search engines. (Google, Academic Search Premier, PsychINFO) Require variety of sources. Track searches.
  8. 8. Evaluate <ul><li>Summarizes </li></ul><ul><li>Applies </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesize </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates </li></ul><ul><li>Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Validation </li></ul><ul><li>Revision </li></ul>Main Points Evaluate Construct new concepts Discussion Compare sources Annotated bibliographies Create a forum/blog posts – require postings.
  9. 9. Use <ul><li>Applies </li></ul><ul><li>Revises </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates </li></ul>Producing product Revising Sharing Product – paper, video, podcast, wiki Presentation of product Allow revisions
  10. 10. Ethics <ul><li>Understands </li></ul><ul><li>Follows </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledges </li></ul>Plagiarism/Works Cited Copyright Privacy/Security Netiquette Censorship/ Freedom of Speech Paraphrasing lessons Practice good ethics Works cited More integrated approach.
  11. 11. <ul><li>Applies </li></ul><ul><li>Revises </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates </li></ul><ul><li>Articulates </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Reevaluates </li></ul><ul><li>Select </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Retrieves </li></ul><ul><li>Refines </li></ul><ul><li>Manage </li></ul><ul><li>Summarizes </li></ul><ul><li>Applies </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesize </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates </li></ul><ul><li>Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Validation </li></ul><ul><li>Revision </li></ul><ul><li>Understands </li></ul><ul><li>Follows </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledges </li></ul>KNOW ACCESS USE EVALUATE ETHICS
  12. 12. Designing IL Assignments <ul><li>Changing resources </li></ul><ul><li>Use reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Assume limited knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Try assignments </li></ul>WOU, Hardesty
  13. 13. Designing IL Assignments II <ul><li>In context </li></ul><ul><li>Post assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify sources </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate technology </li></ul><ul><li>Break down assignments </li></ul>WOU, Hardesty
  14. 14. Assignment Part 1 <ul><li>Write a two page summary on some topical issue from The Oregonian . Summarize the facts and then the debate. Cite using MLA format. </li></ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do I get the Oregonian? Grocery store? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick topic of interest in edition picked up. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is MLA format? </li></ul></ul>Dr. Eddy – WR135, F07
  15. 15. Educator (Professor/Librarian) <ul><li>Oregonian Database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have? Where? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search strategies – limit by date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessing article – print/online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paraphrasing – Main points </li></ul><ul><li>MLA/NoodleBib </li></ul>
  16. 16. Assignment Part 2 <ul><li>Adding to the first part, use at least two different sources to explain the two sides of the debate. (2-3 pages, attach previous) </li></ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sources = internet/google </li></ul></ul>Dr. Eddy – WR135, F07
  17. 17. Educator (Professor/Librarian) <ul><li>Kind of sources – books, articles </li></ul><ul><li>Find the sources – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog/call numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ability to use database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only local info enough? Summit? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of sources </li></ul>
  18. 18. Assignment Part 3 <ul><li>Adding to part 2, persuasively argue at least one side of the debate. (3 sources, 3-4 pages, attach previous) </li></ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One more source - internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Argument - instinct </li></ul></ul>Dr. Eddy – WR135, F07
  19. 19. Educator (Professor/Librarian) <ul><li>Thesis statement </li></ul><ul><li>Another source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use previous methods/ may already have extra </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Logical argument </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Classic Paper <ul><li>Write a 10-12 page paper on a topic in XYZ subject using scholarly articles with APA citations. </li></ul><ul><li>How can we purposefully incorporate IL? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups of 2-3 and brainstorm ideas for 5-10 minutes. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Brainstorms
  22. 22. Sources <ul><li>ACRL - IL Competency Standard for Higher Ed </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Aspirations for Learning </li></ul><ul><li>NWCCU </li></ul><ul><li>Information R/evolution – Michael Wesch </li></ul><ul><li>WOU Library Instruction Tips for better library/research assignments </li></ul><ul><li>The Role of the Library in the First College Year – Chapeter 8 Strategies for Designing Assignments to Support Information Literacy Initiatives Larry l. Hardesty </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Eddy – WR135, Fall 2007 Current Event Assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing This Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>www.wou.edu/~westonb </li></ul>

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