Information Literacy @Dunn – ala Carte instruction

Not sure what we offer for instruction @Dunn?  Whether in the library or your classroom, the librarians @Dunn can help you and your students to use information efficiently and effectively in research, assignments, and life-long learning.

Below are topics and instructional resources available @Dunn.  You may pick and choose according to your informational needs.

Select a topic and develop a search strategy

  • define a need for information and ask relevant questions to develop a research strategy
  • choose and refine a research topic
  • identify key concepts and terms related to the topic, including specialized vocabulary on the topic
  • expanding search to find relevant resources for background information; try subject encyclopedias or Credo Reference.
  • formulating a relevant research question or thesis statement
  • develop an awareness that information exists in various formats

Using the library catalog to do searches

  • searching for books and media by keyword or subject
  • finding relevant subject headings
  • interpreting results lists, marking and saving relevant items
  • using call numbers, location designators and signage to locate items on library shelves
  • understanding features of the library catalog including result lists, holds and my Millennium

Searching relevant article databases effectively and acquiring articles

  • searching with natural language keywords and phrases
  • using the database thesaurus or controlled vocabulary to search
  • using Boolean operators and/or search boxes
  • evaluating results lists for relevance
  • comparing and contrasting Popular Magazines, Scholarly Journals and Trade Publications
  • understanding peer reviewed resources
  • checking for full-text availability (Journals A-Z)
  • revising search strategies for related or more focused results
  • marking, e-mailing, exporting, saving, and printing results

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to obtain materials

  • knowing how to request an article, book, book chapter or media resource
  • learning to create ILLs through WorldCat and online ILL form
  • becoming familiar with the rules of ILL

Interpreting different parts of a citation

  • understanding the elements of a citation
  • differentiating citations in various formats (books, chapters, professional journals)
  • differentiating citations in various styles (APA, MLA, Turabian)
  • deciphering journal abbreviations (from Medline, PsycARTICLES, etc.)

Distinguishing between primary and secondary resources

  • comparing and contrasting primary research articles with books/chapters
  • discussing scholarly publishing procedures
  • discussing the contributions of primary and secondary literature to disciplinary knowledge building

Identifying and evaluating scholarly and/or popular Internet resources

  • evaluating the scope, audience, and currency of information
  • analyzing the relevance of information for an information need
  • distinguishing between fee-based vs free Internet resources
  • assessing and evaluating both the information and the information’s sources

Retrieving relevant resources from current research

  • finding full-text resources from a bibliography or works cited list
  • searching in the library catalog or WorldCat for books/media
  • searching for journals by title (Journals A-Z) to locate in library databases
  • using ILL to expand relevant information found

Using disciplinary research literature effectively

  • identify most appropriate information resources and data sets
  • locating and using dissertations, non-print media, archival materials, etc.
  • observing professional standards/guidelines for research within a discipline
  • performing cited reference searches to follow a research topic forward and backward in time
  • identifying and using remote, specialized research collections

Observing copyright restrictions and avoiding plagiarism

  • recognize academic integrity, how it relates to plagiarism and responsible use of information by understanding fair use of copyrighted materials
  • recognizing what is copyrightable intellectual property
  • understanding the fair use provisions of copyright law
  • understanding the conditions for using resources
  • knowing when to cite authors and who to cite
  • creating bibliographic citations in a given style

Using RefWorks to manage information

  • becoming familiar with the capabilities of RefWorks
  • learning to export and import citations from licensed databases
  • creating records for resources not included in licensed databases and library catalogs
  • editing records and creating annotations
  • formatting bibliographies

Adapted from University of Alaska Southeast and McConnell Library, Radford University