Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Concise Guide to Information Literacy

Lanning, Scott. Concise Guide to Information Literacy. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-59884-949-3

Publisher's Description
...The American Library Association defines "information literacy" as "a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." The Concise Guide to Information Literacy gives students the tools they need to develop those abilities, including the search techniques and evaluation methods that will help them pinpoint what actually is academically sound information.

Using the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as a framework, this much-needed sourcebook covers all the major facets of the information literacy process. For students, it is a ready-to-use guide that explains what information literacy is, why it is so important, and how to put it to use in both print and online research. For teachers, it is a helpful classroom resource that can serve as the basis for an information literacy course, a supplemental text, or a handy reference for research in any subject.

• Addresses a core problem of the information age—how to determine which information sources are reliable
• Gets high school and college students thinking about the validity of their information gathering early—a perspective that will serve them throughout their academic and professional careers
• Provides specific steps for putting the ACRL's standards for information literacy into action
• Emphasizes the ethical use of information in school assignments and projects
Sample Topics
Boolean Operators
Choosing a Topic
Citing Sources
Copyright and Fair Use
Effectively Utilizing Printed Resources
Evaluating Information
Finding Information
Full Text vs. Abstracts
Getting Help from the Librarian
Keywords and Subject Searching
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Scholarly Publications
Search Engines and Directories
Searching Databases
Information Literacy Exercises

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