Information Literacy: Finding Information

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Published on August 18, 2008

Author: lenva

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Finding Information

Know what you are looking for Know where to look Know how to find the information you need Evaluate the information you find Acknowledge and list your sources

Know what you are looking for

Know where to look

Know how to find the information you need

Evaluate the information you find

Acknowledge and list your sources

What are the key concepts in your question? List them. Do you understand all the terms involved? What would be the best search terms to use? List them, but be willing to add and subtract from your list. Developing a Search Strategy

What are the key concepts in your question? List them.

Do you understand all the terms involved?

What would be the best search terms to use? List them, but be willing to add and subtract from your list.

Knowing Where to Look Books, encyclopedias, documentaries, www. Background information www, books, people, magazine articles, documentaries Comprehensive information Newspapers, www, journals, people, tv, radio Current, up to date Possible Sources Type of information

Not case sensitive - all words included, but order matters Search results displayed in order of relevance - use + for emphasis Use “ ‘’ for exact phrase - if word has more than one meaning * for word variants ‘ or’ for alternatives Searching on the internet Search techniques

Not case sensitive - all words included, but order matters

Search results displayed in order of relevance - use + for emphasis

Use

“ ‘’ for exact phrase

- if word has more than one meaning

* for word variants

‘ or’ for alternatives

Search Engines

General Hints Look for hints in a URL before selecting it. Look for related links. (url: ) Use the 5 points in next slide to evaluate. Get a second or third opinion. Evaluating the website

General Hints

Look for hints in a URL before selecting it.

Look for related links. (url: )

Use the 5 points in next slide to evaluate.

Get a second or third opinion.

Accuracy Authority Perspective Currency Coverage Evaluating the website

Accuracy

Authority

Perspective

Currency

Coverage

Accuracy Are the sources of factual information clearly listed so they can be verified in another source? Is the information free of errors? Grammatical Spelling Typographical If statistical data, are they clearly labelled and easy to read? Evaluating for:

Accuracy

Are the sources of factual information clearly listed so they can be verified in another source?

Is the information free of errors?

Grammatical

Spelling

Typographical

If statistical data, are they clearly labelled and easy to read?

Authority Is the author indicated (often in the footer)? Is the author the original creator of the information? Are the author's qualifications clearly stated? Is it clear who is sponsoring the page? Is it a national institution/organization? Is there a link to a page describing the purpose of the sponsoring organization? Is there a way of verifying the page's sponsor? (An e-mail address is not enough.) If the material is protected by copyright, is the name of the copyright holder indicated? Does the site seem to be permanent or part of a permanent organisation? Evaluating the website

Authority

Is the author indicated (often in the footer)? Is the author the original creator of the information? Are the author's qualifications clearly stated?

Is it clear who is sponsoring the page?

Is it a national institution/organization?

Is there a link to a page describing the purpose

of the sponsoring organization?

Is there a way of verifying the page's sponsor? (An e-mail address is not enough.)

If the material is protected by copyright, is the name of the copyright holder indicated?

Does the site seem to be permanent or part of a permanent organisation?

Perspective or Objectivity Does the author have a bias? Does she/he express a particular point of view? Is the author affiliated with particular organizations, institutions, associations? What is the rationale for the site - is it endorsing a particular viewpoint to the exclusion of other views? Is there a list or bibliography of corroborative evidence? Is the information free of advertising? If there is any advertising on the page, is it clearly identified as advertising or does it look like informational content? Evaluating the website

Perspective or Objectivity

Does the author have a bias? Does she/he express a particular point of view?

Is the author affiliated with particular organizations, institutions, associations?

What is the rationale for the site - is it endorsing a particular viewpoint to the exclusion of other views?

Is there a list or bibliography of corroborative evidence?

Is the information free of advertising? If there is any advertising on the page, is it clearly identified as advertising or does it look like informational content?

Currency Are there dates on the page (usually in the footer) to indicate when the page was written and last revised? Are there any other indications that the material is kept current? If material is presented in graphs and/or charts, is it clearly stated when the data was gathered? Evaluating the website

Currency

Are there dates on the page (usually in the footer) to indicate when the page was written and last revised?

Are there any other indications that the material is kept current?

If material is presented in graphs and/or charts, is it clearly stated when the data was gathered?

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Go to http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html

http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

http://www. allaboutexplorers .com/

Try evaluating some sites... Search a controversial topic in Google : "nuclear Armageddon prisons danger “ stem cells” abortion Scan the first two pages of results Visit one or two sites try to evaluate their quality and reliability

Search a controversial topic in Google :

"nuclear Armageddon

prisons danger

“ stem cells” abortion

Scan the first two pages of results

Visit one or two sites

try to evaluate their quality and reliability

http://www.martinlutherking.org/

http://www.martinlutherking.org/

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