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Information Literacy

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Jing Li

on 30 October 2013

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Transcript of Information Literacy

1. Recognise a need for information
Information literate people
2. Access information efficiently
3. Critically evaluate information and its sources
5. Access and use information ethically and legally
4. Use information effectively to learn, create new knowledge, solve problems and make

Suggested assessments:
1 - How to determine what information is required
Recommended readings contain material from a variety of sources - books, journal articles, conference papers
Completes assignment with literature search and reference list
Pre-test or post-test of information literacy skills - quiz
Biomedical Instrumentation and Applications 49261
 To encourage reflection on the impact of engineering on society
To provide an historical perspective of some aspect of Biomedical Instrumentation

To develop your skills in locating and correctly citing reference material from key journals in Biomedical Instrumentation
Assignment 1: Historical Perspective of Biomedical Instrumentation
(Computer Control Option)
What is peer reviewed? Popular or scholarly?
We teach: where to find the information?
Where to find key journals in a subject area?
- understanding Journal impact factors
Want to start your research on giant's shoulder?
- read papers based on citation rates
- find reputable authors by h-index
Identify different formats of resources and know where to find them- catalogue, database and Google Scholar
2 - How to find information effectively
Produce a research plan with strategic use of information sources
Complete assignments requiring searches of various databases
Produce search results with documented search strategies
Complete assignments with bibliographies using information from a variety of sources
Suggested assessment:
32144 Technology Research Preparation
Assessment item 1: Information gathering and processing
Intent: To develop the skills of accessing, evaluating, reporting on, synthesising, and referencing information sources.
Task 1: Searching the Databases
Conduct a search of the literature on your research topic to
locate 10 relevant articles
Submit a printout of the first screen of the
search results from 3 journal databases
that you used in the conduct of your research.
Analyze a research question, pulling out keywords/concepts/ synonyms
Construct search strategies that include using synonyms, boolean operators, proximity operators, brackets, phrase searching, field searching
Use these to search databases and retrieve results
We teach: how to build a search strategy

Submit a critical evaluation of a report or a website
Keep a reflective journal on successful information searching
Compile a citation search on an author
Submit an annotated literature review

3 - How to evaluate and use information gathered
Suggested assessment:
Technology Research Preparation 32144
Assessment item 1: Information gathering and processing
Task 2: Evaluating Your Sources
Take 2 articles from Task 1 and critically evaluate their suitability for your research according to commonly accepted criteria ie. relevance, reliability, accuracy, lack of bias, currency
Determine quality, accuracy and relevance of search results
Evaluate and filter information and its sources
Seek information from diverse sources
Distinguish among facts, point of view and opinion
Reflect on the information seeking process
We teach: evaluation
Submit a critical analysis of texts
Summarise and interpret information obtained
Produce a major work or thesis
Participate in 'discussion board' for their subject using UTS Online
4 - How to share information and create new knowledge
32144 Technology Research Preparation
Assessment item 2: Literature-based report
Intent: To develop and bring together the skills of critical analysis and synthesis, direct and indirect citation, referencing, and the writing of a complete report.
Assessment item 3: Professional Stream: Project Proposal/ Research Stream: Skeleton of a Dissertation
Intent: To demonstrate use of a literature review for a scholarly purpose.
Assessment item 4: Presenting formally on research
Intent: To develop the skills of giving an oral report on literature based research.
Suggested assessments:
5 - How to comply with intellectual academic writing practices and use information ethically, legally and respectfully

Correctly acknowledge references and quotes
Create bibliographies with appropriate and complete citations
Create literature reviews
Suggested assessment:
Assessment item 2: Literature-based report
Intent: To develop and bring together the skills of critical analysis and synthesis, direct and indirect citation, referencing, and the writing of a complete report.
32144 Technology Research Preparation
We teach: referencing
- Understanding plagiarism
- Using Harvard UTS style
Currently collaborating with FEIT in these subjects:
48230 Engineering Communication
31265 Communication for IT Professionals
48016 Capstone Project
32144 Technology Research Preparation
942370 Biomedical Engineering
48360 Geotechnical Engineering
49123 Waste and Pollution Management
Monthly power session cover below topics:
•Using academic resources
•Using referencing tools (EndNote and RefWorks)
•Finding statistical information
•Data management planning
•Journal impact factors and h-index
•Sharing information and collaborating with social media

Do you want us to do workshops for your students on
Literature search
Bibliometric research
Data management planning
We would like to hear from you:

Bundy, A (ed) 2004, "Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework: principles, standards and practice", 2nd edn, Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy, Adelaide, viewed 27 August 2012, <http://www.caul.edu.au/content/upload/files/info-literacy/InfoLiteracyFramework.pdf>.
Have we missed your students?
Do you want to set up links to library online resources from UTS-Online?
Training: large subject solutions
Demonstration in lecture
Train tutors eg database searching
Embed instructional videos in UTS online
Treasure hunts - peer to peer learning & fun
Voluntary clinics in the library to support assignments
Training: small subject solutions
Hands on training in library or lab
Treasure hunt - can be scaled up or down
Online tutorials
We can make it fun!
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