Information Literacy Resources, all subjectsI. SearchingIn-depth, behind-the-scenes...probably better for you than the students, unless you teach Technology courses.II. Graphic Organizers and Other Tools to support the research process:From the incredible U.C. Berkeley History-Social Science Project, a really helpful template for students to analyze the evidence they have found and connect it to the claim they're trying to prove.A SOAPSTone-style strategy that works well for social science texts, from the College Board/AP.III. Source Evaluation (especially online!):A general worksheet for website evaluation used in our library. Originally inspired by a system called RADCAB (www.radcab.com) and several other sources. There are many versions of this acronym: CARS, CARBS, etc. Choose the elements that are important to your purpose and modify!The ABC's can be modified for particular subject areas. In the case of this photography class, the teacher felt that it was important for an arts discipline to include consideration of the professional or unprofessional appearance of the site and the photographs on it, and to include the level of Detail or comprehensiveness of the source, so it's the AABCDs! (special thanks to Shiloh Burton in the Visual Arts dept.!):Sites useful for demonstrating how information on the Web can be unreliable:Let kids figure these out on their own by following the ABCs or evaluating in some way--don't reveal too quickly!-->Tree OctopusU.C. Berkeley Library Guide on source evaluation:This detailed web evaluation guide is helpful because it runs the researcher chronologically through the evaluation process starting at the search engine level. This site is good to get students beyond domain suffixes (.com, .gov, etc. Students often give simplistic answers like ".govs are good" when asked to evaluate sites, but it is essential to go beyond this, especially since domain names are not as tightly restricted as they were in the past - http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/evaluating-resourcesChecklist from UCB--students can walk through this detailed checklist if the ABCs leave things too open-ended:From San Diego State--the Ws:This SDSU library guide to evaluating information uses a Who/What/When/Where/Why format.Cornell University Library Guide on source evaluation:This guide is particularly good in terms of what each type of source is supposed to look like (click on first hyperlink)--would be good source for a scavenger huntCornell: Critical Appraisal and Analysis:Johns Hopkins:Bedford/St. Martin's Research & Documentation Online:From the publisher of Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference books, a page with some source evaluation questions. Puts a focus on bias, authorship, sponsorship, and author's purpose:Purdue OWL: Evaluating SourcesPurdue OWL: Internet SearchingEver wonder why certain sites end up on the top of a Google results page and others do not? A great overview of how the Internet works.
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