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Objectives

The Basics

  • Basic understanding of the Internet
  • Distinguish scholarly from popular communication
  • Distinguish primary from secondary information sources

Information Cycles

  • Acquire a basic understanding of information production and distribution
  • Identify differences among information source types

Topics

  • Select an appropriate topic for research
  • Generate questions from a topic
  • Broaden and narrow a question
  • Identify key concepts and vocabularies related to a topic
  • Broaden and narrow concepts and vocabularies related to a topic

Searching

  • Distinguish a database from other types of information collections
  • Identify the coverage of a database
  • Understand the concept of field, or advanced searching and perform a field search in a database
  • Construct effective search queries using logical operators and related strategies

Finding

  • Determine the nature of a source from a citation
  • Use citations to find physical sources
  • Locate sources using classification systems
  • Basic understanding of library collections and services

Evaluating

  • Modify search strategy in response to insufficient information
  • Modify search strategy in response to information overload
  • Establish criteria to evaluate a single information source

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