By Scott Lanning
The American Library organization defines "information literacy" as "a set of talents requiring contributors to acknowledge whilst info is required and feature the facility to find, assessment, and use successfully the wanted information." The Concise advisor to info Literacy supplies scholars the instruments they should boost these skills, together with the hunt recommendations and assessment equipment that may aid them pinpoint what truly is academically sound information.
Using the organization of school and learn Libraries' info Literacy Competency criteria for larger schooling as a framework, this much-needed sourcebook covers the entire significant features of the data literacy method. for college kids, it's a ready-to-use consultant that explains what details literacy is, why it's so vital, and the way to place it to take advantage of in either print and on-line examine. For academics, it's a valuable lecture room source which can function the root for a knowledge literacy path, a supplemental textual content, or a convenient reference for study in any subject.
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What is the difference between a basic search and an advanced search? What do each of the Boolean operators do? What is a search statement? How do double quotation marks work in a search? What is truncation? What do parentheses do in a search? Assignment Take your research question from chapter 2, pull out the keywords, and enter them on a search worksheet. Then think of synonyms for each of your keywords. Finally, write a Boolean search statement using 36 Concise Guide to Information Literacy truncation where appropriate with the information entered into your search worksheet.
For example, your research topic is the impact of climate change on whales. You developed a Boolean search statement complete with synonyms that looks like this: Chapter 3: Finding Information 31 ■ “climate change” or “global warming” and whales or cetaceans You know exactly what you want the database search to find, but the search engine sees your search statement very differently than you do. This is what it sees: ■ (“global warming” and whales) or “climate change” or cetaceans In other words, your search is going to find all the articles that mention both global warming and whales, then it will add those articles to all the articles that mention climate change, then add that to all the articles that mention cetaceans.
The special features that databases offer vary by database vendor, but it is worth your time to find out what features are available to you because they will help you with your research. Of course, full-text databases make it easy to copy and paste quotes into your note taking or word processing software. Doing this ensures that you will have the wording exactly right. Databases also provide citation tools that will help you cite the article you are viewing or all of your marked articles, but not all of the citations generated by the databases are perfectly correct.