study you will work with a team to research, create, and present information on topics that you have selected. In the process you will improve your skills in the areas of team building, information gathering, organization and presentation. The development of these skills is a very important step in becoming Information Literate.”
information? Scholarly vs. Popular Formats Evaluation Criteria How do I find information? “Pre- searching” Search Strategies Finding Books & Articles How should I use information in my paper? Plagiarism Citing Information
instructions? ▫ What issues/concepts/subtopics are related to your main topic? ▫ Why is the topic important or interesting? ▫ What do you need to learn more about to become the class “expert” on the topic?
if you don’t know what you’re looking for? • Background Information – ▫ Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks, and (some) websites ▫ Narrow or clarify your research topic ▫ Find new terms to use in future searching ▫ Find links and/or citations to other sources
on your class Blackboard site • SAVE YOUR DOCUMENT to your Towson drive or a flash drive • Work on Part 1 – use your favorite search engine to find background information on your topic • Each person should complete their own worksheet, but feel free to work with your neighbor • Be prepared to share some brief information about your topic with the class
whether you find it through the World Wide Web or through the library? 2. How might evaluating information for a college-level research paper be different than for your every-day information needs? How might it be similar? 3. What are some criteria you should use when you’re evaluating information sources to use for your project?
information • Relevance – Importance of info. for your needs *** Including appropriate level of info*** • Authority – Source & expertise • Accuracy – Reliability, truthfulness, and correctness • Purpose – Reason the information exists Remember: Not just one criteria, but a balance of all!
on your worksheet • Identify at least one other main concept or facet of your topic that you’d like to find information about. • Write your general topic and the at least one other main concept on the lines in the second box on your worksheet.
of the Library's resources at once. • Find books, articles, media, government information, and other library resources all in one place. • Search what Towson owns as well as resources at other USMAI Libraries. *but not ALL!!