Information Literacy - Fall 2010
WR 122 handout - Instructor: Cora Agatucci
URL of this webpage: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr122/InfoLiteracy.htm
Web tip: When you revisit this course web, please "refresh" or "reload" in your Internet Browser
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COCC Library Online Resources (current as of 9 Aug. 2010)
COCC Barber Library [Home Page]: http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library: COCC Barber Library home page
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/default.aspx
COCC
Home > Campus Library > COCC Barber Library Services
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Library+Services/default.aspx

COCC
Home > Campus Library > Library Services: Redmond and off-Campus [Library] services for COCC patrons
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Library+Services/Redmond+and+off-campus/default.aspx

COCC Home > Campus Library > About the Library
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/About+the+Library/default.aspx
COCC Home > Disability Services > Guide for Students with Disabilities > Tips & Information includes
-> Library
http://disability.cocc.edu/Guide/Information/Library+Information/default.aspx

COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools > Articles & More: Databases
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Databases/dblist/default.aspx?p1=All
--NOTE: If you are accessing a COCC (subscription/restricted access) online library database or reference work from an "off-campus" computer, after you select the library database/reference source, you will be asked to login by entering your COCC ID number and your last name (use small case)
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools > Books & more: Library Catalogs
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Catalogs/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools >
Quick facts, encyclopedias, stats, etc. [Online Reference Works]
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Online+Reference/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools >
Search the "free" web
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Search/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools > Citation style guides
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Style+Guides/default.aspx
--NOTE: Refer also to Cora's instructional documents on MLA-style In-Text Citation practices & Works Cited documentation as assigned & discussed in class according to the schedule published in our current/updated online WR 121 Course Plan:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/courseplanF10.htm

See also Dr. Tina Hovekamp's LIB 127 - Course Related Materials [from Fall 2009]
http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/lib127home.html
--NOTE WELL: LIB 127 will no longer be offered effective Fall 2010.  Why?
See
REVISED AAOT Writing Requirements (effective Fall 2010) & FAQ's:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/REVAAOT_WR121_WR122.htm  
--However, two new elective one-credit informational research skills courses, LIB 199 (Introduction to Information) and LIB 299 (Navigating the Information World), are being piloted in 2010-11.
See also COCC Credit Class Schedule: Fall 2010: LIBRARY:
https://oraweb.cocc.edu/2011/201040/LIB.htm


Information Literacy Proficiencies embedded in Rev. 4-credit WR 121 &
WR 122 Learning Outcomes
(effective Fall 2010)

(WR 121) Outcome 3. Search for and synthesize outside source material into written work*.
Assessment:
Students' work demonstrates proficiency in finding, critically reading, summarizing, analyzing, and evaluating sources in order to responsibly incorporate facts, opinions, judgments, and data from research in their writing.

*Embedded Information Literacy Proficiencies 1, 3, & 8 -  Students will be able to:
--
Proficiency 1. “Identify gaps in their knowledge and recognize when they need more information.”
--Proficiency 3. “Evaluate and select information using appropriate criteria”
--
Proficiency 8. “Create, produce, and communicate understanding of a subject through synthesis of relevant information”
[See also New LIB 199 and LIB 299 courses in 2010]

(WR 122) Outcome 6. Write ethically and responsibly.
Assessment: Students demonstrate ethical considerations in their writing; act responsibly by using information technologies ethically, incorporating and crediting sources appropriately and without plagiarism, and by consciously avoiding inaccurate or misleading information.

*Embedded Information Literacy Proficiency 5 -  Students will be able to:
--Proficiency 5. “Ethically and legally use information and information technologies.”

(WR 122) Outcome 7. Manage a substantial research writing project.
Assessment: Students create research strategies that focus investigation and analysis on a discrete, manageable topic in a field of appropriately sophisticated inquiry; find information by using academic research methodologies, tools, and materials; develop an effective system of note-taking and drafting that avoids plagiarism and fairly represents sources; demonstrate such integral tasks as research proposal, preliminary bibliography, and outline; and develop competence in one system of documentation

*Embedded Information Literacy Proficiencies 2, 4, & 7: Students will be able to:
--Proficiency 2. “Find information efficiently and effectively, using appropriate research tools and search strategies”
--Proficiency 4. “Treat research as a multi-stage, recursive learning process”
--Proficiency 7. “Manipulate and manage information, using appropriate tools and technologies.” 


Getting Started (1):  Searching COCC Barber Library Databases
COCC Barber Library
[Home Page]: http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools > Articles & More: Databases
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Databases/dblist/default.aspx?p1=All

NOTE: If you are accessing a COCC restricted access online library subscription database or reference work from an "off-campus" computer, after you select the library database/reference source, you will be asked to login by entering your COCC ID number and your last name (use small case)

1. CQ Researcher
Abstract: "This database is a wonderful source for in-depth, objective analysis of contemporary, controversial issues.  Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology.  All articles are written by professionals and as a consequence, are considered professional, reliable literature. . . . you may browse the whole collection of CQ Researcher reports by using the left panel link to 'Browse by Topic'. You may use this browse feature to brainstorm ideas for research projects" (Hovekamp, "The CQ Researcher"; emphasis added).

Hovekamp, Tina. "The CQ Researcher." "Getting Help from Two Great Databases:
        CQ Researcher
and Opposing Viewpoints." "LIB 127 - Course Related Materials,"
        Fall 2009. Central Oregon Comm. Col., 2010. Web. 19 Oct. 2010.
        < http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/researchideas/PART4amain.html>.

2. Opposing Viewpoints
Abstract: "This is another  great resource for controversial social issues! Offers viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites!  As you can tell, it's quite rich in its content! . . . note that if you are interested in a specific subject area, you may perform searches by using 'Basic Search', or you may browse by 'popular topic'"  (Hovekamp, "Opposing Viewpoints"; emphasis added).

Hovekamp, Tina. "Opposing Viewpoints." "Getting Help from Two Great Databases:
        CQ Researcher
and Opposing Viewpoints." "LIB 127 - Course Related Materials,"
        Fall 2009. Central Oregon Comm. Col., 2010. Web. 19 Oct. 2010.
        <http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/researchideas/PART4bmain.html>.


Getting Started (2):  Searching Other COCC Barber Library Databases
COCC Barber Library
[Home Page]: http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools > Articles & More: Databases
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Databases/dblist/default.aspx?p1=All
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools >
Quick facts, encyclopedias, stats, etc.
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Online+Reference/default.aspx

NOTE: If you are accessing a COCC restricted access online library subscription database or reference work from an "off-campus" computer, after you select the library database/reference source, you will be asked to login by entering your COCC ID number and your last name (use small case)
3.  Online Reference Works
Abstract:
"Reference sources are [print or online] encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, and other items containing concentrated information on a topic," and can help you by providing "an overview of a broad subject in longer articles which are frequently written by specialists and include bibliographies of additional useful sources you can use in your research," or by enabling you to "quickly locat[e] factual pieces of information" (Hovekamp, "Reference Sources").

Hovekamp, Tina. "Reference Sources." "LIB 127 - Course Related Materials,"
        Fall 2009. Central Oregon Comm. Col., 2010. Web. 19 Oct. 2010.
        [Entry page:] <http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/Reference/reference/ref1.html>.

4. Academic Search Premier
Abstract:
"This [Ebsco] database is designed mainly for academic institutions that need access to more 'scholarly' information.  It covers a variety of subjects, including business, social sciences, humanities, science and education.  Most probably this is [one of] the main database[s] you'll be using for your college papers" (Hovekamp, "Finding Articles"; emphasis added).

Hovekamp, Tina. "Finding Articles." "LIB 127 - Course Related Materials,"
        Fall 2009. Central Oregon Comm. Col., 2010. Web. 19 Oct. 2010.
        <http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/articles.html>.

5. LexisNexis Academic
Abstract:
"LexisNexis is a pretty huge, full-text database" offering "NEWS" articles "from national and international major newspapers," as well as "full-text and abstracts for articles" on "BUSINESS," "LEGAL," and "PEOPLE" (Hovekamp, "Searching LexisNexis").

Hovekamp, Tina. "Searching LexisNexis." "LIB 127 - Course Related Materials,"
        Fall 2009. Central Oregon Comm. Col., 2010. Web. 19 Oct. 2010.
        <http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/LexisNexis.html>.

--More News!  See also: http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/news.html


Recommended Advice on Conducting Effective Searches

Keyword vs. Subject Searching (T. Hovekamp): http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/databasesearch.html
Improving Keyword Searches
(T. Hovekamp):
http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/Keyword%20searching/keyword1.html

Recommended tutorials on using Boolean commands:
--From Colorado State University: http://lib.colostate.edu/tutorials/boolean_info.html 
--From Louisiana State University:
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/ref/flash/Boolean.html


More Help on Getting Started

Hovekamp, Tina. "Library Research for Writing 121." Jan. 2009. "Tina Maragou Hovekamp:
        Instructional Web Pages: WR 121." Central Oregon Comm. Col. 2010.  Web.
        19 Oct. 2010. <http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/wr121.html>.

Hovekamp, Tina. "Information Literacy for Writing 122." Feb. 2009. "Tina Maragou Hovekamp:
        Instructional Web Pages: WR 122." Central Oregon Comm. Col. 2010.  Web.
        19 Oct. 2010. <http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/wr122.html>.



Getting Started (3): Searching the "Free" Web
COCC Barber Library
[Home Page]: http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/default.aspx
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/default.aspx

COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools > Search the "free" web
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Search/default.aspx

--Looking critically at your sources:
http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/week5a-evaluate/part1.html
--Evaluating Web Pages:
http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/webeval.html
--
See also Crusius and Channell, Ch. 5, pp. 115-119.
 


More coming soon . . .

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URL of this webpage: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr122/InfoLiteracy.htm
Last Updated: 21 October 2010

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