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Slide 1:English 805 Online Resources

? Karin Westman 15 September 2003

Slide 2:Goals for Today

Reminders about range of online resources available to students. Strategies for helping students develop their “information literacy,” so they can use online resources effectively for their research.

Slide 3:But before we begin…

What fears or concerns do you have about students using online resouces for research?

Slide 4:Why I’m interested in helping students with online resources:

Students have difficulty “reading” online resources for credibility and bibliographic information. A student from one of my Expos 2 classes and her web source on women’s body image Found information she wanted to use, but had no idea about her source “Dads & Daughters” at <http://www.dadsanddaughters.org> “BBC News” dated 21 February 2001

Slide 5:Results of a survey Naomi Wood and I conducted Fall 2001 Purpose: to evaluate how students enrolled in English courses (300-700 level) use and view technology Participants: English Majors and Minors, Education Majors, and others. 18 General Questions “How often do you access the Internet?” 7 Discipline-Specific Questions “When you need information for an English course, which research method are you most likely to use first?”

Slide 6:Technologies KSU students typically use

60% access the web daily; 30% several times a week 80% use the internet primarily in order to access their e-mail 74% have accessed a course web page during a previous semester (Fall 2001)

Slide 7:Of the 686 students surveyed,

62% use an internet search engine such as Yahoo, Excite, Google, or Lycos to conduct research

Slide 8:Before

any other online resource, such as electronic full-text or abstract databases available through the library or a catalog of library print materials. But does use = information literacy?

Slide 9:“The ability to conduct searches, evaluate, and create new ideas” (Cynthia Bowman, 2000)

Information Literacy

Slide 10:To be literate for the online information age, students need to be able to “read” a web page.

Slide 11:What about students in Expos I?

4000+ in Expository Writing each academic year Next stage of our research has gathered data from this group about its information literacy

Slide 12:Information Literacy Surveys (Fall 2002)

Students’ previous experience with online resources before Expos I Importance of developing their information literacy in Expos 1 Results

Slide 13:We need to make sure our students know how to evaluate online documents, since they are already seeking them out.

Slide 14:Developing Information Literacy

Making students aware of the range of online resources available when they sit down at the computer to begin their research. Teaching students to develop their critical reading skills for this online environment.

Slide 15:Online resources available to KSU students

Listings of print sources available from the KSU library stacks and Inter-Library Loan Located through the library’s online catalog and its online subscription databases. Include book-length studies, academic journals, government documents, print copies of newspapers or magazines.

Slide 16:Online resources available to KSU students

Print sources which are now also available in a digital format through a subscription database. Located through one of the library’s online subscription databases. Include print magazines, newspapers, and academic journals.

Slide 17:Online resources available to KSU students

3. Print sources which are now also available in a digital format from a company’s or organization’s web site. Located through an internet search engine. Include print magazines, newspapers, and government documents.

Slide 18:Online resources available to KSU students

Sources available from free-access web sites or web pages which are only available in a digital form. Located through internet search engine. Sites/Pages might be corporate, advocacy, news, or personal.

Slide 19:Educating students to this range of online resources is the first step in helping them determine the credibility and usefulness of an online source for a particular research project.

Slide 20:Classroom Strategies for Developing Information Literacy

Textbook resources Sample lesson plans Other resources and suggestions

Slide 21:Textbook Resources for Expos I The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing (3rd edition)

Chapter 22 “Finding and Evaluating Sources”: Skills 2, 3, 4, and 5. Excellent “Rhetorical Overview of Print Sources” and “Rhetorical Overview of Web Sites.” Flow-chart graphic “Licensed Database Versus Free-Access Portions of Internet” (593) Assistance for students in “Determining Where You Are on the Web” (598) The now-standard “Criteria for Evaluating Web Sites” (612)

Slide 22:Sample Lesson Plans

High Tech (computer classroom) Low Tech (overhead projector)

Slide 25:Sample Lesson Plans

Modeling types of online searches for students Select a key word or phrase and search the library’s online catalog one of its online subscription databases (Academic ASAP, Lexis-Nexis) the free-access portion of the web using Google or your favorite search engine Have students discuss and compare the results of these three searches.

Slide 26:Sample Lesson Plans

2. Modeling evaluation of an online source from the free-access portion of the web Use a key word search to select a potential source for a selected topic As a class, apply the “Criteria for Evaluating Web Sites” to determine the credibility of the web page Discuss under what circumstances the web page would be an appropriate source

Slide 27:Sample Lesson Plans

3. Have students evaluate an online source from the free-access portion of the web that they are considering for their own research project Respond to their questions individually as they apply the criteria for evaluation (at home or in lab classroom) Lead a general discussion at the end of class to consider the results of the class’s experience

Slide 28:Other Resources and Suggestions

When assigning your research paper: Decide in advance if you have any preferences or restrictions about students’ using online resources Clearly indicate these preferences or restrictions in your assignment.

Slide 29:Other Resources and Suggestions

Assign relevant chapter in textbook and then set aside some class time to discuss online sources. Remind students to print out a hard copy of a free-access web page as soon as possible. Alert students about using Remote Access to enter KSU’s subscription databases.

Slide 30:Other Resources and Suggestions

Reserve a room in Hale Library to model research strategies with your class Hale 408 Room for 25 students; instructor’s computer; 16 computers. Hale 407 Room for 25 students; instructor’s computer; 7 computers. Hale 113 Room for 30 students; only an instructor’s computer. Contact Ron Ratliff [email protected] asap to reserve a room, if interested.

Slide 31:Other Resources and Suggestions

New Online Patron Modules developed by KSU Library available through K-State Online Guide students through library’s resources and research tools All students have access to modules with a free K-State Online account. Have your students participate in a pre- and post-assessment survey about their use of technology for research If interested, please let me know as soon as possible.

Slide 32: Questions?

? Karin Westman [email protected] 532-2171

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