ACAD 1199

ACAD 1199: Information Research (1 credit)

Goals of the course:

    Develop life-long strategies for recognizing when you need information, locating it, evaluating it, and using it effectively and ethically. 

    Explore a variety of tools and formats in order to find sources worth using/citing in support of academic projects. 

    Information-literacy skills gained in this class will transfer over to your other academic studies and increase your chances for success in college and life in general.

Student Learning Outcomes:
I.                    Demonstrate an ability to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
II.                 Demonstrate an understanding of how to identify sources of academic, popular, and professional research and their relative strengths and weaknesses.
III.               Show evidence, in the form of an annotated bibliography, that you can select relevant and academically credible sources in support of a research thesis or question.
IV.              Summarize, interpret, and analyze sources as part of an annotated bibliography.
V.                 Create citations for sources selected for the annotated bibliography.
VI.              Prove that you understand how to navigate search engines, article databases, and library catalogs to search for relevant sources.


For discussions or explanations of these documents, themes, resources, or the class associated with it, check the blog Information Literacy at ISU.


Photo by Ewa Rozkosz on Flickr.com.
Links that are recommended for the students in this course:

Academic Integrity Tutorial
Good review of academic honesty and plagiarism issues.

Bubbl.us
Great for brainstorming.
 
Cite a Source
Discover websites with examples and instructions on how to cite sources in many different style formats.

CQ Researcher
Browse topics and find issues of current interest here.  In-depth reports can launch your research on topics that are published weekly.

Evaluating Information: Applying the CRAAP Test
View criteria for evaluating books, articles, websites, and more.
 
How to Write a Research Question
Get some ideas for writing a focused research question.
 
Library Catalog
Find books, journals, maps, videos, etc. that you can check out.

Library of Congress Classification Outline
See how the Library organizes the books by subject.
 
Limit Catalog Results by Location
Learn how to limit results to certain locations within the Library, by language, date, place of publication, etc.
 
Narrowing Down a Topic
Click through a Prezi presentation to see how you might narrow a topic down to a manageable size for a college paper.

Putting Books in Call Number Order Game
 
These subject pages include links databases and websites specific to the majors or disciplines.  A section on the page links to reference resources, including online dictionaries, encyclopedias, citation guides, and more.

SearchPath Tutorial
Learn from this self-paced tutorial.  Understand the different kinds of information sources.  Practice searching a few finding tools, like the library catalog and the article databases.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
A great source to find out whether or not a periodical is peer reviewed.  Go here to find more information, like when a periodical began publishing, previous titles they have had, current circulation, current price, audience, content, etc.



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