Welcome to my information literacy tutorial. My name is Lisa McCormick, and I am going to share with you some information to help you better understand the massive world of information and learn how to become a better researcher.
We live in a time now referred to as the information age in which the amount of information available to us is massive and continues to grow on a daily basis. This includes everything from print versions of books and magazines in the library, to digital information on websites and databases. In order to be able to effectively navigate this world of information, you will need to develop your information literacy skills.
The basic definition of information literacy is the set of skills that are useful for finding, evaluating and using information effectively, ethically and legally. As part of this, you will need to deepen your understanding of how information gets created, the types of resources available for your use and some strategies to help you search for sources and evaluate the sources you find.
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3. Periodical Publications
1. Identifying your information needs
2. Clarifying your topic
3. Search terms and methods: keyword vs. controlled vocabulary
4. Search terms and methods: Boolean searching
5. Using a research database
1. Beyond Google
2. The open web v. databases
3. Scholarly v. popular publications
4. Criteria for evaluating information
1. Ethical use of information; avoiding plagiarism
2. Legal use of information; copyright and fair use
1. What is a citation?
2. How to cite
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