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Information Literacy for Teens (Future Library, Greece)

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Search Ethics
Research Process

Information Literacy
for Teens!

made for
Future Library

What is information literacy anyway?
"Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information."
Who needs to be information literate?

Because "[b]eing information literate ultimately improves our quality of life as we make informed decisions."
Information Literacy "allows us to cope by giving us the skills to know when we need information and where to locate it..."
"[D]ata smog is produced by the amount of information, the speed at which it comes to us from all directions, the need to make fast decisions, and the feeling of anxiety that we are making decisions without having ALL the information that is available or that we need."
Access information quickly, efficiently and effectively.
Understand how to access information and how to use it legally and ethically.
Evaluate information found.
Use information to accomplish a specific purpose.
How do we begin the research process?
How do we do basic searches?
How should we cite our sources?
Copyright Infringement:
occurs when copyright has been violated; this includes photos, video, music, software programs websites and other original content.
The Wet Test
Divide into groups of 2
Quick Assignment
Not finding what you'd hope to find?
Think about another keyword you might use!
Let's Practice!
Now, what should we do next?
Check ALL sources for the following:
1) Is there an author listed?
2) Who sponsors the page?
3) Is the author/sponsor an "expert?"
1) Is the article written for children, experts, etc.?
2) Is jargon used?
1) Is the page sponsored by an organization that is trying to sell something?
2) Is the author trying to sway your opinion?
1) Is the site dated?
2) Is the work current?
3) Are the sources used current?
1) Are sources cited?
2) Are there spelling/grammatical errors?
In general, you'll evaluate sources based on 6 criteria.
Overall Quality
"Data Smog refers to the idea that too much information can create a barrier in our lives."
Determine how much information is needed.
Information Literacy is important because it "is the solution to 'data smog.'"
"Information literacy is needed to guarantee the survival of democratic institutions. All men are created equal but voters with information resources are in a position to make more intelligent decisions than citizens who are information illiterates."
-U.S. Representative
Major R. Owens
What is a database?
What are the best kinds of sources for our project?
What is my research question?
What kind of background information do I need?
What are the key concepts?
Now we can start our research!
A database is a searchable, electronic (online) collection of published resources that are organized in a logical way. A database is NOT the same as "the internet."
Basic searching in a database involves using "keywords" and "Boolean operators," which help broaden or narrow search results.
OR = broaden
AND = narrow
NOT = narrow
What are some key terms we might use for this particular project?

Remember to practice with Boolean operators!
"the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own."
In order to avoid plagiarizing and/or violating copyright law, we must cite our sources.
We cite sources based on certain styles, such as MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, Harvard, etc.
Academic Search Complete
Owned by EBSCO
"the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database"
5,300+ full-text periodicals
4,400+ peer-reviewed journals
9,300+ journals
9,800+ publications, including indexing, abstracts, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
2nd group member:
Find an article using Academic Search Complete
1st group member:
Find an article ONLINE
Pick a topic from the following: bullying, drugs, texting and driving, depression, pregnancy, friends, grades, STDs, sports, war, gossip, self-esteem, health, alcohol
Try using Boolean operators too!
Overall Quality
1) Would the source "pass inspection" among a group of experts?
Little Brown Handbook!
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)!
Academic Search Complete!
Future Library of Greece!!
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary!
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