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Introduction to Information Literacy

McNeese University Library


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WHAT IS INFORMATION LITERACY?

  • Ability to locate, organize, evaluate and use information

    • Combines computer and research skills

    • Important for academic achievement

    • Basis for lifelong learning


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IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH SKILLS

  • Basic research skills useful in the real world

  • “Knowledge is power”


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SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

  • Books

  • Periodicals

  • Newspapers

  • Internet


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SOURCES: CURRENT INFORMATION

  • Newspapers

  • Magazines

  • Television

  • Radio

  • Internet


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SOURCES OF INFORMATION

FOR SCHOLARLY RESEARCH

  • Books

  • Monographs

  • Journal Articles

  • Dissertations

  • Theses


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STARTING RESEARCH

AT THE LIBRARY

  • Resources undergo review before purchase

  • Most information and services are free

  • Information is organized

  • Most information is kept permanently

COMES WITH PERSONAL ASSISTANCE!


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RESEARCH: INTERNET RESOURCES

  • ADVANTAGES:

  • Variety & timeliness

  • Available 24 hours/7 days a week

  • DISADVANTAGES:

  • Do not go through review process

  • Some information not free

  • Not organized

  • Most information not permanent


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Library web site: library.mcneese.edu

  • Provides access to electronic catalog and databases

  • Provides access to university and community resources

  • However … all library resources are NOT available from our web site


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YOUR 1ST TRIP TO THE LIBRARY: FINDING BOOKS

  • Why use books?In-depth coverage of a topic

  • How to find books?Use the library’s catalog

  • Call numbers?Unique identification number for books


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McNEESE LIBRARY CATALOG

Electronic inventory of library materials

Search by keyword(s) describing your topic. Review list of results. Make note of each item’s CALL NUMBER.

CALL NUMBER is identification number for library books. 1ST LETTER of CALL NUMBER determines location where books are shelved.


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RECORD FROM LIBRARY CATALOG

Includes AUTHOR, TITLE, PUBLISHER, and DATE OF PUBLICATION.

SUBJECT HEADINGS describe content.

CALL NUMBER and LOCATION specify where item is shelved in MSU Library.

Example of CALL NUMBER:

Q 451 .D54 1998


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YOUR 1ST TRIP TO THE LIBRARY: FINDING ARTICLES

  • Periodical?

  • Item published on a continuing basis

  • Examples?

  • Newspapers, magazines, and journals

  • Finding articles on specific topics?

  • Periodicals databases such as EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier


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EBSCOhost ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER

Online periodicals index and database for magazine and journal articles

NOT ALL CONTENT FROM PERIODICALS IS REPLICATED ONLINE!


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CITATIONS

  • A CITATION is a bibliographic record which includes the following information:

  • AUTHOR’S NAME

  • TITLE OF PERIODICAL ARTICLE

  • NAME OF PERIODICAL

  • VOLUME, ISSUE NUMBER, DATE

  • PAGE NUMBERS

  • ABSTRACT, or SUMMARY (if available)

  • LINK TO FULL-TEXT (if available)


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Full-text Magazine & Journal articles from EBSCOhost

  • Available as:

  • PLAIN TEXT, or

  • TEXT WITH GRAPHICS, or

  • PDF FILES (Requires Adobe Acrobat viewer)


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JSTOR articles from Electronic Journal Archive


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Blackboard articles from Course Materials


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WORLD WIDE WEB: articles from

  • Large variety of information available

  • COMMERCIAL: cnn.com

  • GOVERNMENT: www.whitehouse.gov

  • EDUCATION: www.mcneese.edu

  • ORGANIZATION: www.pbs.org

  • Search tools include Yahoo! and Google


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EVALUATING INFORMATION articles from

  • Factual?

  • Non-biased?

  • Verifiable?

Items in the library are usually easier to evaluate because these have already been reviewed

Freely-available Internet resources usually do not pass through a review process, so you will need to look at these more closely


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CITING SOURCES: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY articles from

If you use a fact, unique idea, or quotation from someone else, you acknowledge your debt to them with a citation -- a reference to their work.

This process is often referred to as compiling a bibliography.

What to cite? Quotations, Unique Ideas, Statistics


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McNEESE E-MAIL articles from


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COMPUTER LABS FOR STUDENTS articles from

  • Holbrook

  • Library


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RECAP articles from

Information Literacy is knowing how to find, evaluate, and use the best information from an ever-increasing array of sources.

Information Literacy is a critical life skill in today’s society.

Developing library research skills is an important component of information literacy and a foundation for academic success.


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INSTRUCTIONS: articles from

LIBRARY EXERCISE


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START AT LIBRARY WEB PAGE articles from

library.mcneese.edu


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CLICK ON: articles from

“Freshman Orientation”

(bottom-left of screen)


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FROM THE FRESHMAN ORIENTATION MENU click:

1. ANSWER SHEET

2. EXERCISE

Additional materials are also available, including today’s slide presentation.


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  • FRESHMAN ORIENTATION EXERCISE ORIENTATION MENU click::

  • Print a copy of the Answer Sheet.

  • Work through the exercise. Do not close your browser’s window labeled “Freshman Orientation Exercise” until you finish.

  • Fill-in responses on the Answer Sheet.

  • Read document entitled, Plagiarism: What is It? How to Avoid It!

Turn in your answer sheet to your FFND 101 instructor and you’re done!