9th Grade Information Literacy Unit: 21st Century Skills

During this unit you will learn about our high school media center resources.  In addition to the Media Center's books, pamphlets, magazines, and media you will learn about how to use our online databases, e-books, and to effectively use internet for your educational needs.

This unit is designed for you to manuever through the activities independently. You will have a series of websites to visit as well as activities that you will need to complete. These points from the various activities of this web quest will go towards your English grade.

Around the Media Center
Activity1:  Go to the Website  http://www.trails-9.org/session/________. Get a session number from the teacher and add it to the end of the web address.  Adding the session numbers will take you directly to the assessment designed for your class.  You will also need a student access number so we can track how well you did on your assessment of information literacy skills.

Activity 2: Understanding the Media Center- Call Numbers  
All library books have an access code, they are called Call numbers (even though some of them just have letters in them).  They help you find the book you need.  
Fiction books have two parts to their call number.  The top part is the letter F for Fiction. That tells you in what section of the library you will find the book.  The bottom part is the first three letters of the author's last name.
    The River by Gary Paulsen
          Example: F       < -- Fiction
                        Pau   <-- First three letters of the author's last name

Biographies use a B for the book type and the bottom is the 1st four letters of the last name of who it is about,
    The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln by Russell Freedman
        Example:  B        <-- Biography
                             Linc    <-- 1st four letters of the last name of who it is about
    Go to the attachment at the bottom on Call Numbers and create some for the books listed.  Turn in the sheet when it is completed.

Activity 3: Understanding the Media Center- Nonfiction and the Dewey Decimal System
Non-fiction books use a number system invented by Melville Dewey.  He was 18 when he created his system over 100 years ago and most libraries around the world still use this system.  To learn more about the Dewey Decimal System go to the website  http://library.thinkquest.org/5002/index.shtml   Complete 1- The Pre-Dewey Review/ 2 Dewey and the Alien and then complete the Dewey Review (Located at the bottom of this web quest in the attachments).

Activity 4: The OPAC at MHS  
What is an OPAC?  It stands for the Online Patron Access Catalog- It contains records of all of the books, pamphlets, and multimedia available in our library/media center.  To access our catalog and learn how to use it.  On the MHS Media Center Web Page go to the MHS Online Catalog link.  After a few clicks you will reach the search screen, it will look like this one below.

    Print a copy of the Online Catalog worksheet listed below. Complete the worksheet and then select an author or a subject card and look it up in the online catalog. 
  Answer the questions about your selection on the Online Catalog worksheet  and then find the book on the shelf.  Then complete the rest of the assignment in the attachments at the bottom of the web quest.

World Tour of the MHS Media Center Web Page

So far your activities have been how to find books in our library.  Now you are going to learn what type of information we have on our web page.  The databases, ebooks, virtual library, and web search engines, and bibliography assistance will help you during your four years at Maumee High School.
MHS Databases

Student Resources in Context
Contains in-depth information on people, literature, history, science, geography, and current topics.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Provides excellent resources for contemporary and current topics and gives two points of view. This resource also covers information on social issues by accessing viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

 Activity 5.   Go through the above resources and look at the various features. Print out the assignment labeled MHS Databases.

Activity 6:
Infohio Resources
  Infohio Resources are available for every student in the state of Ohio.  Passwords are needed for you to access this information at home.  Go to the Navigation panel on the left side of the MHS web page and select Infohio resources.  Select the attachment labeled Infohio Resources for you to complete this segment

Activity 7: Using Gale's Virtual Reference E-book Library
This is a new resource for our library this year.  You have access to over 400 digitalized reference books.  There are two ways you can use this resource:
1. Do a federated search, in other words write your search in the search box.  The advantage is you don't have to spend a lot of time searching through a lot of ebooks.  The downside to this approach is that sometimes you can get too much information.
2. The second way is to look at the different subjects, select a subject and then it will display all of the titles.  When you select the e book that can help you, there is an index and a table of contents for each one.
 Go to the Navigation panel on the left side of the MHS web page and select Gale'sVirtual Reference Library.  Select the attachment labeled Activity 7: Gales's Virtual Reference Library Assignment for you to complete this segment

Where in the World Can You Find Good Information on the World Wide Web

You have been told by teachers not to use Wikipedia for information or be careful of certain web pages.  Why?  When you use information other than library books and our online databases through the MHS library and Infohio, they have all had to go through an editorial process (someone else had to look and evaluate that they information that was going to be published). 

Activity 8: Read through The 5 W's of Web Site Evaluation pagehttp://kathyschrock.net/abceval/5ws.pdf
Listed below are three websites.  Select one of the web of the following web sites to evaluate.  Print out the Web evaluation form listed below.  This activity may be done with a partner.

Website #1: Genochoice http://www.genochoice.com

Website #2: Global Warming. Com: Sustainable Earth- Sustainable Future: http://globalwarming.com/

Website #3: Case Analysis of a Historic Killer Tornado:  http://www.cimms.ou.edu/~doswell/Conference_papers/SELS96/WoO.html

Website #4:  California's  Velcro Crop Under Challenge:  http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html  

Activity 9: Information Literacy CrossWord puzzle

There is an attachment that contains a glossary of Information Literacy terms and an Information literacy puzzle.  Complete the puzzle for your last assignment for this unit.

Now you have become familiar with our library/media center and its resources.  We hope you will use our resources a lot to help you with your school assignments.

Congratulations--You have completed the Web Quest!!!
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