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Information Literacy: Advanced Research Lessons

Filling in research gaps through questions

SLO:

  • Students will reflect on their research topic by compiling a list of questions related to their topic
  • Students will determine the priority of the information needed for their research by ranking their generated questions
  • Students will determine the type of information needed to answer questions
  • Students will identify where to find the information needed

Lesson summary:

Students will be given 5 - 10 minutes to write as many questions about their research topic as possible. The questions are based on any missing research or information the student still has questions after spending time refining their topic. After they have generated questions about holes in their research, they will be asked to categorize the questions as open-ended or closed-ended and to prioritize their questions. During this time, students will also reword their closed-ended questions into open-ended. Then they will be asked what type of information is needed to answer their questions and where to go to find it. Students will then have the opportunity to start researching for their missing information.

Source: rightquestion.org

 

Advanced Noodlebib - Collaboration with Writing Center

SLO:

  • Students will organize ideas using Noodlebib’s outline and notecard tools
  • Students will analyze their sources using Noodlebib analysis tool and seek out different sources if necessary
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of elements needed for MLA and/or APA citations
  • Students will make use of Noodlebib to construct properly formatted citation

Lesson Summary:

Librarian will provide class with sample sources (articles, websites, books, etc) on one topic and explain that students are going to cite and summarize a source for a paper on [choose topic]. The Librarian will  enter these activities onto a Noodlebib to do list on the overhead. Students will break into small groups and create a citation for their source using Noodlebib. Writing Center staff will explain summarizing sources and creating outlines. Students will then resume group work to create a notecard summarizing/analyzing their source and link it to their citation and a topic in the paper outline (outline provided for class). Each group will present their source and how it ties in to the paper topic. Librarian will show how to export the finished citation list to Google Docs or Word.

 

Using Boolean Searching

SLO:

  • Students will learn three terms in Boolean searching - AND, OR, NOT

  • Students will learn how to construct a nested search using Boolean searching techniques.

Lesson Summary:

First the librarian will lead a sample search with students. As a class, they will come up with the string of search terms the librarian will use in the database. If the results yield no results, the librarian will backtrack and explain where the mistake accurate. Then using their own research topic or ones given by the librarian, the students will experiment with Boolean searching techniques on their own. If a student has trouble, the librarian will help them through the process.

Source: Burkhardt, J. M. (2016). Teaching information literacy reframed: 50+ framework-based exercises for creating information-literate learners. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association

Conversations between experts & most important and most cited

SLO:

  • Students will learn how conversations about a topic of interest help develop ideas about that topic
  • Students will learn to consider how conversations move knowledge forward
  • Students will be about to summarize information presented in a current article
  • Students will be able to describe how a chain of research is created over time
  • Students will be able to identify the most important information about a topic

Lesson summary:

Students will look at main texts related to their topic by two separate authors or be given sources by two experts. They would be answering a series of questions to help them analyze how both authors interpret the topic, their perspective, and any conversations they have had with other scholars in the field.  Then the students will look at the bibliography of each article to answer questions to help them understand how to critically look at their citations through relevancy, currency, and content.

Source: Burkhardt, J. M. (2016). Teaching information literacy reframed: 50+ framework-based exercises for creating information-literate learners. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association

 

Strategizing Research

SLO:

  • Students will learn to plan a strategy for finding information.

  • Students will learn to modify their strategy based on their first test.

Lesson Summary:

After a student knows what their research topic is, they will have time to create a research plan before having time to do research. The librarian will handout a series of questions to help guide students as they start the beginning stages of their research. The questions will consist of brainstorming and defining terms for their topics, figuring out if their topic is multi-disciplinary, keywords or search terms, types of background information needed, listing sources or databases to get started, and reflecting on new information they have gathered.

Source: Burkhardt, J. M. (2016). Teaching information literacy reframed: 50+ framework-based exercises for creating information-literate learners. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association

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